The Power of Privacy and The Value of Confidentiality

Raymond Blijd
Written by Raymond Blijd
on January 06, 2014

Google’s Vint Cerf, who is recognized as one of “the fathers of the Internet,” stated “Privacy May Be An Anomaly.” Historically, he is right in some context. We used to bathe in the open and wore less and more revealing clothes in the past. Some won’t mind going back to those days but ever since humans acquired the ability to communicate it always had the option to do it in private. Moreover, confidentiality is the corner-stone of several business sectors such as Health, Legal and Finance. So the question is: as a professional, who will you trust? Read further >


Phantom Menace: 4 Signs of Disruptions in Legal Technology

Raymond Blijd
Written by Raymond Blijd
on June 01, 2012

I recently discovered HBS professor Clayton M. Christensen’s book The Innovator’s Dilemma. In it he explains the theory behind disruptions and why they are particularly menacing if you are not prepared. There are companies like IBM that have managed to survive numerous disruptions by shifting models early or like Apple or Amazon by creating disruptions themselves. Nevertheless, timing is crucial to either shift or create but the real challenge lies in where to shift to or how to disrupt. What are the signs? Read further >


Integration of Social Media and Government Content as Inspiration for the Private Sector

John Barker
Written by John Barker
on March 05, 2012

Government is increasing its presence on social media. On YouTube you can find (by way of example) the following agencies and offices of the US government: Securities and Exchange Commission, Internal Revenue Service and Government Printing Office. Governments have a presence on Twitter. You can follow on Twitter the European Union, the Compte officiel du Ministre de l’Éducation nationale of France, and the Home Office of the United Kingdom. It’s clear that the use of social media by government – as part of the Open Government movement, will only increase. This presents some interesting questions. Read further >


Facebook to Pharma: Knock Down the Walls

Cathy Betz
Written by Cathy Betz
on August 24, 2011

Facebook has told pharmaceutical companies that as of August 15, they can no longer disable the comment feature on their Facebook pages. Although pharmaceutical brand pages will no longer be able to disable commenting on their posts, Facebook will, on a case by case basis, allow disabling of the commenting function on branded pages solely dedicated to a prescription drug. But pages that are focused on the companies themselves or that serve as disease- or patient-specific communities will have to be open to public comment. Read further >


Personal Data: A New Asset Class?

Cathy Betz
Written by Cathy Betz
on April 22, 2011

“Personal data is the new oil of the Internet and the new currency of the digital
world.” Meglena Kuneva, European Consumer Commissioner, March 2009

As we move towards a “Web of the world” in which mobile communications, social technologies and online connections are bringing people together into one interconnected network, personal data may soon emerge as “a new asset class,” according to a fascinating report recently released by Bain & Company, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF PersonalDataNewAsset_Report PDF).

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Get in Touch with the “Tastemakers of the Digital World”

Burkhardt Vitt
Written by Burkhardt Vitt
on January 31, 2011

Matt Shatz – Head of Strategic Content Relations at Nokia – recently published an article on the future of publishers in the book business. While he painted an overall pessimistic outlook on publishers’ future, I found one remarkable statement: the need for publishers to “develop tight relationships with tastemakers of the digital world.” Read further >


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