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Cyber Security and Counter e-Crime

Seldom a day goes by without a news article describing the latest Cyber Security incident.  Despite this extensive press coverage (dare I say hype?) how well do Governments really understand the nature of the threat and the vulnerabilities in their...

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World Cities Summit – A Dialogue on Smarter Transport

Linked below are two segments of a short interview I did as part of IBM's participation in the World Cities Summit held from 1-4 July 2012 in Singapore.    The key issues discussed involve how to increase capacity to handle the growing demand for...

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Leadership and technology to make public safety smarter

On July 1- 4 th of this year IBM Hosted the World Cities summit in Singapore. As part of this event a number of Smarter Cities Conversions with thought leader from both inside and outside of IBM were conducted. One in particular was a conversation with Mark...

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How An “Open Project” Approach Can Change the World

How do you tackle a large-scale, complex challenge that evolves over time, involves thousands of stakeholders, and where there is no clear solution?  For example, is there a road map for how the Internet evolved? Could we do it again?  ...

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21st Century Government, Part 6: GAO Lessons Learned

Here’s a terrific checklist of questions managers should be able to answer as they undertake a consolidation of infrastructure or management functions.   It is buried in a new report by the Government Accountability Office. Sometimes GAO does...

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Lessons in Designing Collaborative Networks

  What works when developing a cross-agency collaborative network?   A six-year long study of 266 existing collaborative networks of public safety organizations distills valuable lessons for how to design and sustain similar networks in other policy...

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21st Century Government, Part 5: Can Legos Inspire Reorganization?

Should government use Legos to inspire its reorganization approach? Structural reorganization initiatives – like the creation of the Department of Homeland Security -- are slow, take an enormous amount of effort, and require years to become...

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Lessons from the Basketball Court

 I recently got to chat with Eric Lundquist about the systems behind Smarter Cities.   Not the data center servers mind you - but the whole system - from sensor to da...

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Balancing Social Business Benefit with Cyber Security Risk

I reflect on a thought provoking recent IBM Global Government Master Class held somewhere south of Amsterdam. I attended the event to teach part of the Defence & Intelligence track, but the combination of my deep interest in Cyber Security with some...

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21st Century Government, Part 4: Creating Virtual Agencies

Would “virtual agencies” be an effective alternative to traditional structural reorganization initiatives? If so, what needs done to make them happen? When Vice President Gore’s reinventing government team was being formed in the early ...

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