Drop.io‘s CEO Sam Lessin presented “A Brief History of Privacy in this Data-Deluged World” at the Ignite II kick-off of Web 2.0 in NYC.
I loved Sam’s thought captured in the following quote: “For the first time in history it is now cheaper and easier for people to be public than to be private. What I mean by this is that for thousands of years publishing content about yourself was expensive and time consuming, and privacy was the default state… The web, and specifically the web 2.0 model, is turning that on its head in a very big way…. Even just a few years ago online ‘privacy’ meant little more than protecting your credit card information and identity, now it means thinking about every single thing you say, do, or write, online – and how it will be perceived, saved, and used – now and in the future.”
“In the end, privacy has been central to western civilization forever. It is something that has value. All that is changing is that something that used to come totally naturally is now something people have to both defend and actively invest in maintaining.”
In June 2006, the U.S. government got a wake-up call: A Department of Veterans Affairs laptop containing personal information on about 26 million current and former military members and their spouses was lost. Not only did the government have a potential breach of privacy to deal with, but it also faced media scrutiny and public criticism. How much damage could result to individuals and to the federal government if personally identifiable information (PII) got into the wrong hands? In this case, fortunately, the data was recovered without compromise. But that’s the exception rather than the rule. In many cases, the consequences of this kind of privacy breach are severe—to the individual and to the organization maintaining the data.
As the gatekeeper to the biggest storehouse of personal information identifying American citizens, what role should the government play in maintaining and protecting that data? The answer: a monumental role, to say the least. That role doesn’t come without challenges, of course. In this white paper, we examine some of the challenges federal agencies face in creating a “culture of protection,” discuss the roadblocks that may get in the way and offer new thinking to managing privacy issues.
Rather than storing data and software applications down the hall in your office or in a big data center – there is a shift towards storing them on the web. And that’s the shift that Nick Carr has built his book upon.
We (America) need to jump on this paradigm shift to reduce costs in this post Sarbanes Oxley and difficult economic environment if we want to gain competitive advantage for ourselves and for our country. No longer is running enterprise CRM or ERP a competitive advantage – its table stakes.
What does this mean for IT departments? What does this mean for your data security? And most importantly – what does the impact of distributed computing have on marketers? Check out what Nick has to say about all this …
(The Big Switch – podcast with Nicholas Carr)
A former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, Nicholas Carr writes and speaks on technology, business, and culture. His 2004 book Does IT Matter?. published by Harvard Business School Press, set off a worldwide debate about the role of computers in business. His widely acclaimed new book, The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google, examines the rise of “cloud computing” and its implications for business, media and society.
Carr writes regularly for the Financial Times, Strategy & Business and The Guardian. His articles have also appeared in the New York Times, Wired, Business 2.0, The Banker, and Advertising Age as well as on his blog Rough Type. He is a member of the Encyclopedia Britannica’s editorial board of advisors.
In 2005, Optimize magazine named Carr one of the leading thinkers on information technology, and in 2007 eWeek named him one of the 100 most influential people in IT. Earlier in his career, he was a principal at Mercer Management Consulting.
Carr has been a speaker at MIT, Harvard, Wharton, the Kennedy School of Government, NASA, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas as well as at many industry, corporate, and professional events throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A., in English literature, from Harvard University.