Under the direction of maestro Stephen E. Arnold, and in support of two extraordinary companies, Somat Engineering represented by its CEO, G “Ram” Ramanujam and it Washington DC Director Arpan Patel; and Adhere Solutions represented by its co-founder Jim Orris, a 15-slide 8-minute presentation was crafted to address Real Time Information and its injection into decision systems.
Changes to the Earth that used to take 10,000 years now take three years. This has led to a very strong interest in “real-time science.” At the same time, as the information society matures, we are seeing demands for government information (paid for by the taxpayer) to be made available in real-time. Census results that used to take ten years to process now take two years, and that is major progress. It is also 20 years behind the art of the possible and some would say, the art of the necessary. With Rapid SMS where it is today in Africa, there is no reason why census data–and all other forms of data funded by the taxpayer–cannot be made available as collected, as processed, as analyzed–three different levels of value, none now constrained by time and materials, only by old mind-sets unfamiliar with the state of best practices outside the wire.
Similarly, real-time marketing and real-time needs definition and satisfaction are emergent.
Stephen E. Arnold, for over a decade the “virtual CTO” to the multinational multifunctional information-sharing and sense-making community that gathered annually from 1992 to 2006, is at the forefront of this specific emerging convergence of human needs and information communication technologies (ICT). Below are snippets from three of his recent pieces, and contact information.
To begin on a positive note: Google has both computational mathematics that are out of this world, an order of magnitude better than anything IBM or the other usual suspects can muster, and it has cracked the cloud storage and heat and throughput issues in a way that is now an almost insurmountable barrier to entry for corporations (China and India are emergent and Brazil and Russia might have some anti-Google surprises in the making).
Google lacks human and intelligence-oriented leadership, and suffers from the usual problems associated with a bureaucracy that grew too fast on the fantasy cash from credulous investors. “Zooglers” is the term of art now used for Google people that have vested and leave to create new capabilities that “surf” on Google while doing things the Google bureaucracy could not countenance as an internal active.
Then there is evil Google. Click on the Google Evil-Bad Google logo for a page of links, or choose from among the links below. We know Larry Page personally, through the Silicon Valley Hackers Conference. He is a nice person, an engineer, with zero ethics in the sense that dorks do not know anything about etiquette. Eric Schmidt is the new monopolist in town, and Eric Schmidt has absolutely zero interest in the public interest.
Robert Steele, the #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction, considers Stephen E. Arnold to be the single most professional analyst of emerging information technologies and their social meaning. His “Google Triology” may well be the most significant body of work of practical significance not just to the information industry, but to civil liberties, capitalism, civil society, democracy, digital dictatorship, digital ethics, governance, intellectual property, privacy, and all manner of community, budget, policy, and threat as it is impacted by Google, a supranational predator with out of this world computational mathematics and no commitment at all to public intelligence in the public interest. Below is the cover to his latest offering, with a link to Infonortics UK, the sole source of this e-book that we recommend be printed.
The link within the book cover includes immediate free access to the table of contents and a sample chapter as well as the author’s three-point summary. At the book’s home page are also links to his first two works, The Google Legacy and Google 2.0: The Calculating Predator, and a special offer for the Google Trilogy.
Below are the printing instructions we use with this kind of work:
Color, double-side, laser paper except last two and first pages which should be on 80 cover stock. Wire binding, please use closest possible to avoid overage of wire beyond book’s natural thickness.
Stephen E. Arnold is an independent consultant. He’s the author of The Google Legacy: How Search Became the New Application Platform, the first three editions of the Enterprise Search Report, and Google Version 2.0: The Calculating Predator. His work has been distributed by Bear Stearns and Outsell Inc. This information is based on research for this forthcoming study, Beyond Search: What to Do When Your Search System Doesn’t Work, Gilbane Group, 2008. His Web site is www.arnoldit.com.
The bulk of this slide was created by Stephen E. Arnold and included in his chapter on search engines (over 75 of them). Robert Steele added the Google manipulation of what you see based on the published analytic studies by Arnold with respect to Google.
I have never, in 18 years of OSINT advocacy, seen a more professional and intelligent endeavor to understand and report on what we are trying to do. This is absolutely world-class, and my admiration is unbounded. This creative individual has a lifetime free pass to our conferences. His technical, legal, and people skills are of the highest order.
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Kent’s photo links to the ten video interviews he did at OSS ’06, the last conference before it was stolen and consequently destroyed by an individual that broke his promise (one of several) and is fortuitously no longer responsible for anything of significance. All of the interviews are recommended, but then Congressman Simmons, now running for Senator in place of Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticutt, is especially noteworthy. No one in government has, in the twenty one years we have been fighting this fight, gotten a better grip not just on the idea of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) as a separate discipline, but on OSINT as a means of revitalizing American education, improving decision-support to every Congressional jurisdiction (most get NOTHING from the secret intelligence world), and helping the President and the Cabinet Secretaries manage Whole of Govenrment Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Operational Campaigns.
Among those interviewed that we hold in very high esteem are Michael Andregg, Carolyn Stewart, Mats Bjore, Ralph Peters, Robert Young Pelton, Stephen E. Arnold, and Peter Morville. There is also an interview with Robert Steele, who is not tagged within this website.
Below is a direct link to Kent Bye and a collage of clips from each of the people he interviewed. We consider this the single best most brilliant piece of citizen journalism on the concept of OSINT.
Below are the currently available links for audio only for all those interviewed:
Below links directly to the Simmons interview, use the photograph link above to select any of the others. NOTE: the video portion appears to have been disabled for all of them, you get audio only right now, we are working on this with Kent, it is vastly better to see these individuals in full multi-media form.
Stephen E. Arnold has been the virtual Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the global multinational open source information grid, and remains the “top gun” for seeing the future of non-state civil society information technologies.
PLATINUM LIFETIME AWARD, Mr. Stephen E. Arnold
For his constant demonstration of the utility of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) in the understanding of social networks, emerging technologies, and cultural realities. As a world-renowned authority on information and communications, with a deep understanding of the public policy value of open source information, he has made himself available around the world, and had much more influence than most realize. His publication of the book, “The Google Legacy,” is a mere milestone in one of the most distinguished information careers in the world
Frog Left gets you to his online book for sale, really an intense analysis of Google patents, most not visible to normal researchers, entitled Google 2.0: The Calculating Predatory. Frog Right gets you to our review of Arnold contribution, which was also send to four Ambassadors and eight CEOs with the most to gain or lose from understanding the totality of the Google supranational strategy.