John Perry Barlow is known for being the lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and with Mitch Kapor, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Howard Rheingold made his acceptance of our invitation to speak conditional on our giving John Perry Barlow time to speak as well, and the rest is history. He nailed it.
Stevan Dedijer (RIP) is the father of business intelligence defined as decision-support, not myopic internal data mining as the term is used today. When Admiral Studeman over-ruled CIA in 1992 (“we’ll come if the conference is SECRET U.S. Citizens Only”) we did not advertise the event and expected 150 people. 675 or so showed up, including a 15-person delegation from Sweden led by Stevan Dedijer.
Arnie Donahue was the only person in the Office of Management and Budget with ALL of the CODEWORD compartments. He knew where every dollar was going, at the time $30 billion or so. When he stood up and said “There is PLENTY of Money for Open Source,” there was an ambient chill. Everyone wanted to know what Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) was, but no one wanted to pay for it “out of hide.” He and his boss at the time, Don Gessaman, were instrumental in establishing in the year 2000, at the direction of Sean O’Keefe, Code M320 for all DoD expenditures on OSINT, a time bomb that is about to explode (or a bill that is about to come due, as it were).
Howard Rheingold was a decade or two ahead of the secret world in understanding the essence of Japan in so far as information and communications and computing technologies and their implications for both indigenous social networking, and global interactions and impacts. He brought this gentleman to our attention and flagged the below document as essential reading. Clicking on the photograph will lead to the present-day website of the Global Communications enterprise led by Shumpei Kumon.
Howard Rheingold first came to the attention of the secret world when his book, Tools for Thinking, was integrated into Project George (Smiley) in the Office of Information Technoloigy. Independently of Diane Webb, whose articulation of CATALYST (Computer Aided Tools for the Analysis of Science and Technology) he defined human-centered and analytically-oriented computing. The US Govenrment STILL does not have serious analytic workstations today, nor do most. Organizations are stuck in Quadrant I (Knowledge Management) while individuals are playing around in Quadrant II (Social Networking. OSS and a handful of commercial practitioners have been in Quadrant III (External Direct Access) since 1995 or so, and we are all now getting ready to migrate to Quadrant IV (Organizational Intelligence).