Category Archives: Technology

Old dogs, new tricks

“Old Spy Plane Tries to Learn New Tricks,” The Wall Street Journal, June 8, 2018 A3. Using new data analytical techniques to harvest more information from U2 spy photos taken from 70,000 feet, freeing up human viewers for other duties.

What old information do you have that you could process differently with newly available technology?  What value could you harvest?



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Too candid camera

“Spy Squad Fights Hidden Cameras,” The Wall Street Journal, June 4, 2018 A8. A team of 50 sweeps public restrooms in Seoul, Korea, searching for hidden cameras.

Yes, there are laws against placing such cameras in restrooms.  But as a part of Governance, don’t you need to check that people are complying?  The technology is widely available at low prices.  Does your company sweep “common rooms” for “surveillance devices”?  Should they?  What about hotels and locker rooms?  Or Air B&B’s?

This seems to fall somewhere between Privacy and Hacking.  Or somewhere.

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“New EU Rule Puts Scare Into Websites,” The Wall Street Journal, May 26, 2018 B4.  US websites block access by people in the EU to avoid breach of new GPDR.

This raises several interesting questions.

  1. What’s the risk that your website collects or stores information in violation of the General Data Protection Regulation?
  2. Is it better to cut off service to people in the EU rather than to take the risk that you don’t comply with EU privacy legislation?
  3. Will this open up a new market for Google-like and Facebook-like European competitors?
  4. How will the users in the EU react?
  5. Just how hard is it to comply with the GDPR?  You write a policy and take some internal steps to control your use of consumer information.
  6. Is this Y2K revisited?
  7. Is this Information, Governance, or Compliance?  A combination of some all of those?

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Programming flaw

If your business includes programming software to perform certain tasks, you no doubt have quality control processes.  Are those processes “information governance”?

“Software Flaw Trips Fiat Chrysler,” The Wall Street Journal, May 26, 2018 B1. Short circuit could prevent you from disengaging the cruise control. Results in recall of 5.3 million vehicle.

Cost of effective quality control: unknown.  Cost of a defect: priceless.

Are these people behind the design of driver-less cars?

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A handful for May Day

A departure from the one-story-one-post approach.

  1. “Israel Targets Iran Accord,” The Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2018 A1. Israel releases Iranian documents about a nuclear weapons program found in an abandoned warehouse. At least two themes: (a) What does information mean? Did Iran lie during negotiations? (b) Do you destroy documents/information that are/is no longer useful to you?  What does it say when you don’t?
  2. “‘Fake News’ Law Snares an Offender,” The Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2018 A16. A visitor to Malaysia convicted and sentenced for publishing “fake news” about how quickly/slowly emergency services responded to a shooting. Interesting that the first conviction under the new law was of a foreigner.
  3. “Banks Draw Bead on Guns,” The Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2018 B1. Banks and credit card companies discuss tracking your purchases of guns.  What will they do with that information? Is there other information they can deduce from your purchases that someone would like to track? Would your health insurer/doctor like to track your food and alcohol purchases?  Whose information is that, anyway?
  4. “Guilty Verdict in Autonomy Case,” The Wall Street Journal, May 1, B2.  Former CFO of Autonomy convicted of fraud in connection with the sale of Autonomy to HP for $11 billion in 2011.  This was not some lower-level accountant accused of misstating aspects of a tax-motivated deal. Instead, the fraud overstated Autonomy’s revenue and generally misstating financial results.  The former CEO has also been sued in the UK for damages.
  5. “Facebook Shares the Shared,” The Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2018 B5. Now you can download any of 25 categories of the information that Facebook keeps on you.  Your search history.  When you liked or didn’t like something.  Which and how many advertisers have your contact information.  How many categories does Facebook have?  We don’t know.

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Tell me it ain’t so, Joe!

“EU Presses Tech Firms on Search Results, Fake News,” The Wall Street Journal, April 27, 2018 B5.  The EU looks into how Google and Facebook control what EU residents see, requiring more transparency as to how they filter what we see.

Wonder if the US Congress will follow suit, or develop its own solution.

From a Governance perspective, how can a government control this?  Are Google and Facebook something other than private businesses?  Utilities?  Media?  What rules apply and who makes (and enforces) them?  Maybe you can require all information to be searchable, but then how do you limit and group the number of responses?

From a Compliance perspective, how will Google and Facebook be able to comply with different controls imposed by different governments, some of which don’t have the same press protections as the US has (assuming Google and Facebook are “the press”).  Do we need a squad of fact-checkers?  And who would govern them?  Oops.  There’s a link to Governance.

From an Information perspective, we’re all drowning from the fire hose of information overload.  We want and need filters.  But we need trustworthy and reputable filters, don’t we?  And a space without filters?

Yes, I know.  Question, not answers.

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Who governs the Internet?

ICANN, which oversees domain names on the Internet, keeps track of who owns which website, and until now has made a lot of that information publicly available.  In order to comply with new EU privacy rules, ICANN is going to reduce the amount of information available to all but as- yet-to-be-determined accredited group.

“Group to Tighten Web Privacy Rules,” The Wall Street Journal, March 16, 2018 B4.

Good luck tracking down the source of hacking or intellectual property theft, which isn’t easy even now.  On the other hand, won’t keeping secret who owns a website in a country with less press freedoms increase the amount of governmental transparency?  Who decides these issues?


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