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March 5, 2014
I was privileged to spend nearly a quarter century working as an FBI agent, and what a quarter century it was! When I started as a young agent in the mid-80s, Xerox memory typewriters were cutting edge office technology and digital communications were limited to obscene gestures on the freeway. Files were kept in a cabinet drawer and your phone was as mobile as the length of its cord. Fast forward a mere twenty years and a group of us were creating a Cyber Division within the FBI.Add a comment Add a comment
February 24, 2014
We've all seen the childhood game of plucking petals from a flower to determine if your latest crush could potentially be the one. While whimsical, it speaks to our desire to have some level of knowing or interpreting signals and signs about whether or not someone feels good about us.Add a comment Add a comment
February 17, 2014For the past three years I've been a volunteer on a project using crowdmapping technology to help report war deaths (and other potential war crimes) in Syria. In late 2011, the United Nation's (UN) decided that tracking this data locally had become too risky. Syria Tracker has helped to fill the subsequent void by collecting data from a variety of ad hoc networks within the country. Unlike many of the humanitarian disasters of the past, events in Syria have been documented to an unprecedented degree despite the lack of a UN presence, the closing of borders to most Western journalists, and a systematic effort by the current regime to control Internet and cellular traffic. Social media and crowdmapping in particular have played an important role here.
January 29, 2014
I recently read an article about a woman in California who was arrested for wearing her Google glasses while she was driving. She is going to trial. I scratched my head. It turns out she did not have them functioning while driving, but then why did she have them on? Because as mobile technology has evolved, we expect instant access and a seamless experience. From the moment she stepped out of her car, she expected to voice activate her glasses and gain insight into her email, messages, contacts, etc. all while juggling coffee, kids, and who knows what else.Add a comment Add a comment
November 21, 2013
At recent User Experience (UX) conferences, I've observed discontent with UX's role in agile software development. Despite these concerns, designers and developers can work together harmoniously in an agile environment to meet both business needs and user expectations.Add a comment Add a comment