… I saw a post which pointed me to the Chief Digital Officer Summit and that pointed me to this page with the amazing honeycomb shown below. The title is “Collaborative Economy Honeycomb 2: Watch It Grow” … But what caused me to perk up and pay attention was one factoid:There were zero search, content processing, or next generation information access companies in the list.
ROBERT STEELE: Brother Stephen makes the obvious point, that most of what passes for search today is expensive proprietary crap. I tried to summarize the debility of the search and access arena in my Foreword to his recent and really provocative (worth millions to any open-minded Contracting Officer) CyberOSINT book. What is getting me excited these days is the idea that the processing power behind the payment card industry could be the next big thing for connecting dots to dots, dots to people, people to people, and people to politicians (with votes and cash tokens — Big Bat in the card). Now here is my underlying concern,: unless the payments industry and select governments get their act together soon (they have been ignoring the avant guarde for 25 years so I am not holding my breath) the probability is that Dark Innovation among independent non-state actors using digital currencies will be faster, deeper, and better than anything done on the legitimate side of the industry. US enforcement agencies are deeply blocked by their mix of myopic contracting officers, uninventive contractors, and a lack of accountability combined with — paradoxically — too much money. We have wasted 25 years during which time Winn Schwartau and I, among others, have been calling for code level cyber-security, open source everything, public intelligence, and so on. We seem to be at a very important fork in the road. [If not obvious, the US secret world’s $1.25T failure is compounded by the entirety of the USG and private sector budgets for IT that remain rooted in 1950’s mind-sets managing 1970’s technology bases.] The Nordic countries — Denmark in particular — are the hub for new possibilities. I hope they divorce themselves from the American government-corrupted legacy and work with the BRICS and selected international companies to create something completely new, completely secure, and completely pro-publica. The Apple – VISA – Denmark connection is extremely important — and raises the question: are they thinking about data centres that are completely off the grid (renewable energy, desalinated water) and also build open source from the ground up?