Glassmap’s founders get clear about online privacy

Software services and applications are becoming increasingly intertwined with users’ lives, and this connection is leading to greater privacy concerns. Geoffrey Woo and Jon Zhang of Glassmap say there are four things that really matter: real-time adaptiveness, transparency, the right amount of privacy, and user-service symmetry.…

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Dispatches from Cloud Connect 2012: AWS under attack

Amazon, the market leader, plays at the infrastructure level. But there was a lot of talk at Cloud Connect about Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings, where cloud folks think the real action will ultimately lie. The company will soon have to address these shifts as well as trends on the enterprise side around security, control and transparency that are pushing many organizations toward the private cloud.…

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For startups transparency is transformative

Startup founders and company leaders are the ones who define its culture. By being open and transparent, they build a company with a healthy and a positive outlook. On the flip side, culture of fear and hiding erodes trust and proves to be counterproductive.…

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When It Comes to Open Data, Is Transparency Enough?

The push to free up more public information and make government more transparent is one of the primary goals of the "Government 2.0" movement. But sociologist Danah Boyd warned attendees at the recent Gov 2.0 conference that there is a downside to all this new transparency.…

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Transparency, Tools and Tech Companies

I'm the first to admit it: When it comes to the intersection of green and IT, I'm often a little fixated on "smart technologies" that can help squeeze inefficiency out of our systems, whether we're talking smart grid, smart appliances (coming by 2015!), virtualization and cloud computing, demand response or even smart trash. But this week, I started thinking about another role that IT plays in developing sustainable businesses — facilitating transparency.…

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