The Only Sane Response to Change

The only sane response to change is to find the opportunity in it.

So much of what happens in my business - journalism - is people are now lamenting the change that is occurring.  Well there is not much you can do about it.  The only sane response to change is to find the opportunity in it.  So I tell students to look for that opportunity and sometimes you’re looking for vulnerability in legacy players.  Sometimes you’re looking for new opportunities that are brought on by technology.  

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What It Means to be Radically Public

Companies too much believe that secrets are their secret sauce.

I think you have to look at privacy differently from individuals and companies and governments.  At individuals we should have the choice of how public and private we need to be.  Government I think needs to become transparent by default.  In the middle are companies and companies shouldn’t be forced to be radically public, but I think they would be wise to be far more public because in being public it opens up all kinds of new opportunities for them.  First is trust.  A more open and transparent company is just hiding less on its face.  Very importantly, by opening up I think you have the opportunity to collaborate with your customers and your public as well. 

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Why Technology Will Win the Privacy Debate

The first serious discussion of a legal right to privacy in the United States didn’t come until the year 1890 and that was because of the invention of a technology and that technology was the Kodak camera. 

The first serious discussion of a legal right to privacy in the United States didn’t come until the year 1890 and that was because of the invention of a technology and that technology was the Kodak camera. 

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A Knowledge of History Keeps Us Open to Surprise

We should be cautious about assuming that we know the shape of the future.

Historians would scold us for thinking that the past is a reliable predictor of the future, and it’s not.  What I think we get out of it instead is an analysis, a worldview, a way to look at things. 

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