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Keynote speech of Ambassador Anthony L Gardner at The 7th Annual Internet of Things European Summit.

Keynote speech of Ambassador Anthony L Gardner at The 7th Annual Internet of Things European Summit.

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Thank you for the introduction. I am pleased to be here because the topic of this conference is of fundamental importance to the future of our economies in Europe and the United States; and it also represents a major opportunity for transatlantic collaboration. The scale of the opportunities and challenges related to the Internet of Things literally makes everything else on the US-EU agenda seem secondary.

Reliance on sensor data to optimize the operation of devices has long been commonplace in industry...

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Is the Internet Finally Coming of Age?

Is the Internet Finally Coming of Age?

Nigel M. de S. Cameron

Getting our bearings in the sea of Moore’s Law hype is not simply a continuing challenge to policy leaders (as well as investors), but perhaps their major challenge. Since, like it or not (and this has been the drum-beat of C-PET’s message since our launch in 2007), the digital revolution and accompanying scientific and technological developments have set the stage for every single policy decision of the 21st Century...

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“Connected Cars” Conference

C-PET was pleased to partner with Forum Global in the first-ever Washington conference on “connected cars.” Keynote presentations included Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), and FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny, together with auto industry and other participants across several sectors.

Details here. As announced last week, we are already planning round two of this discussion to take place in Brussels, Belgium on May 19. I look forward to seeing some of you there.

Below are my concluding remarks.

Your thoughts?

Nigel Cameron

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Let me offer three observations.

1. This question is really big.

One way to capture the significance of the Internet of Things is to see it as the bolting together of the old economy and the new – plainly, with enormous potential b...

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Digital Dividends: A Review of World Development Report 2016

Digital Dividends
A Review of World Development Report 2016
By Nagy K. Hanna, PhD

The World Bank has just launched Digital Dividends, the World Development Report of 2016 (WDR2016). It sums up a great deal of empirical evidence on the conditions under which ICT investments can provide “digital dividends”.

What are the key messages of WDR2016?

Digital technologies have spread rapidly to much of the world. In many cases, they boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery. But the broader development benefits from using these technologies have lagged behind. The impact of the Internet is unevenly distributed, contributing to rising inequality. For digital technology to have broad benefits requires closing the Internet access divide...

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5 Tech Questions We Need Our Presidential Candidates To Debate

As the presidential debates and the opening salvo of primary votes excite and depress us in varying proportions, we come back to the question of the questions.

It’s probably fair to say that the various moderators’ question choices reflect some combination of what the press at large has determined are the hot issues, and those issues on which the candidates wish to comment. Whether the curated public sentiment shaping the former, and the narrow political savvy that determines the latter, reflect the long-term interests of the United States and its citizens is yet another question.

What do you think? What questions do you consider should be shaping out political choices in 2016?

One core issue, of course, lies in the ever-growing impact of exponential change on pretty much every aspect of o...

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Transforming to a Networked Society

C-PET Senior Fellow Nagy Hanna, Advisor and former Head of Corporate Strategy at the World Bank, introduces his latest book, available here:

Transforming to a Networked Society
A Guide for Policy Makers

A networked society is a transformative improvement of societies’ capabilities to shape their physical, economic, social and intellectual environments to their own ends, with the power of digital networks. This transformation arises from the recent developments of Information and communication technology (ICT) and its integration into economies and societies. It is a process of fundamental structural change, a shift to a new techno-economic paradigm, enabled by ICT.

Why a Holistic ICT-enabled Transformation?

As the Internet, mobile and digital technologies are expanding into more areas of ...

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Beyond the Shutdown: Five Drivers for the Innovation of DC

Beyond the Shutdown: Five Drivers for the Innovation of DC

Nigel Cameron

It’s cheap to say “a plague on both your houses,” but what’s clear as the federal shutdown shudders toward a third week is that back of the positions and personalities shaping this piece of disastrous theater lie common commitments to a political culture that is dead but won’t lie down. Part of our tragic predicament is found in the fact, lately exemplified by the plight of BlackBerry and Nokia (and Kodak), that being the pro tem technology leader can mean little for the development of the kind of resilient culture that will drive mission forward in the context of rapid change. What lies ahead, then, for America?

It’s plain that whatever real value has accrued from efforts to innovate Washington’s ways – whether,...

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Introducing C-PET’s New Futures Platform

 Introducing C-PET’s New Futures Platform

By Gunther Sonnenfeld & Nigel Cameron,  C-PET’s New Policy Innovation Futures Platform

So the sequester grinds on, good men and women pursue the trench warfare at which Capitol Hill excels, and the future of the United States looks more precarious by the day.

Public and private policy in today’s world has boiled down to the tepid commitment of belief systems that seem untethered to foundational wisdom and anchored to party alliances that often do very little for our long-term social, political or technological advancement. In short, as corporations, legislators, lobbyists and citizen activist groups, we are seeking quick solutions to highly complex problems that are predicated on borrowed time and borrowed capital…...

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Elon Musk’s blowpipe and the future of these United States

Elon Musk’s blowpipe and the future of these United States

August 13, 2013

Nigel Cameron

I’ve long been of the opinion that the 20th century has been generally one gargantuan, bloody distraction in the history of the planet. The 18th and 19th laid the bases for the 21st.  And here’s another example. The technology that Elon Musk, America’s Innovation Laureate, is proposing for his elevated high-high-speed trains is essentially the same as that which delivered bleus (telegrams) to fashionable districts of Paris in the 19th century (something I remember learning from Proust). That same technology charmingly connected every sales desk with the “counting house” of the most fashionable store in my boyhood Edinburgh – and, more prosaically, does the job today in America’s drive-through banks...

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Internet of Things

Internet of Things – Smart Systems and Dumb Policy could be a Dangerous Combination in a Dynamic Global Arena

Steve Bell, President, KeySo Global LLC

Introduction

As a result of a recent C-PET Internet of Things (IoT) round table teleconference and the recent 3rd Annual Internet of Things Europe 2011 conference in Brussels it was thought appropriate to share the following paper. This report is a summary extract of the key points discussed at a C-PET IoT conference held in December 2009. It is based on a comprehensive report developed by KeySo Global (available on request) of the meeting that examined these points in light of a number of trends and developments of the IoT during 2010...

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