Google’s Sidewalk Labs signs deal for ‘smart city’ makeover of Toronto’s waterfront

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A unit of Google’s parent company, devoted to urban innovation, has signed a deal to map out a new kind of neighbourhood on Toronto’s waterfront that could demonstrate how data-driven technology can improve the quality of city life. On Tuesday, Sidewalk Labs, a division of Alphabet Inc., and the government agency Waterfront Toronto announced a partnership in… Read more »

Digital Solutions Can Help Even the Poorest Nations Prosper

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AMONG THE SPENDING choices for governments of poorer nations, kick-starting the technological revolution may at first seem like a low priority. Compared with critical infrastructure, healthcare, or schools, improved digital access and less waiting times for birth certificates feel like luxuries that should come further down the road, or perhaps be left to private enterprise. But… Read more »

Why didn’t electricity immediately change manufacturing?

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For investors in Boo.com, WebVan and eToys, the bursting of the dotcom bubble came as a bit of a shock. Companies like this raised vast sums on the promise that the worldwide web would change everything. Then, in the spring of 2000, stock markets collapsed. Some economists had long been sceptical about the promise of computers. In… Read more »

Inside a Google datacenter

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Joe Kava, VP of Google’s Data Center Operations, gives a tour inside a Google data center, and shares details about the security, sustainability and the core architecture of Google’s infrastructure. It is very interesting to compare and contrast the Google setup of a datacenter to the Facebook setup of a datacenter here: http://wileyinformationsystemsupdates.com/2017/05/11/facebook-servers/ Source: Google Date: May 11th,… Read more »

Facebook Servers

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Although from 2013, this video does a really good job of taking you inside one of Facebook’s datacenters, and brings up all the issues that arise when you have to build and manage a datacenter Source: Facebook Date: May 11th, 2017 Link to YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d2JyaW9X34 Discussion 1) What are some of the physical security issues that Facebook… Read more »

The U.S. is still using floppy disks to run its nuclear program

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A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), which found that the Pentagon was still using 1970s-era computing systems that require “eight-inch floppy disks.”   Such disks were already becoming obsolete by the end of that decade, being edged out by smaller, non-floppy 3.5 to 5.25-inch disks, before being almost completely replaced by the CD… Read more »

Ron Bouganim is transforming “the operating system of government.”

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Source: CNN Date: February 25th, 2016 Link: http://money.cnn.com/interactive/technology/15-questions-with-ron-bouganim/index.html?iid=ob_homepage_tech_pool&iid=obnetwork Discussion 1) Comment on Ron’s statement that “since government is the glue of society, I can’t think of a more scalable way to have personal impact every day.” 2) “The government isn’t typically known as a bastion of innovation, but Ron Bouganim is banking on changing that perception.”  Are there… Read more »

What can digital technology do for your country?

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  Digital technology has changed the way we live in private and in public, and governments are increasingly aware of the benefits of bringing public services online. But is this good for citizens? New technology offers many potential futures, but how can those futures be sustainable, secure and prosperous for everyone? This guide discusses these… Read more »