Category: Technology

The Boston Marathon Aftermath

April 15th, 2013. What a day? Last year I was standing exactly where the first bomb exploded waiting for my friends to cross the finish line. What a world? Who would think that festive Boston would turn into a crime scene in fragments of a second.

On Patriots Day, late afternoon, a tweet interrupted the Sandbox Summit at MIT. A participant raised his hand to break the news about the explosions nearby the marathon finish line, and instantly everyone was on their smart phones, tablets and laptops checking the updates. Everyone knew someone that could be a potential victim, and everyone who knew us in that room thought we might be hurt. In view of the tragic events, everyone was hungry for information. Continue reading

“We are the people we were waiting for!”

“Everyone leads” and “We are the people we have been waiting for” are the two most compelling and appealing phrases in the book “Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up” that very well reflect its content. The author, Paul Schmitz walks the reader through the process of leadership – that’s right process not the role – and how to make the most out of people connecting their assets, organize communities and create a space for talented individuals willing and able to engage in responsibilities and drive change together.

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SOTU as captured by the people!

Last Tuesday I did not have a chance to watch the live broadcast of SOTU. Later on that night when I got home I had a look on twitter, then read the Facebook comments of my friends which where complemented by articles from the New York Times to the Onion and Politico. Next morning I watched the speech on YouTube, read individual blogs and visited international news sources mostly from the EU.

Following this online journey…naturally I had a story to tell about the State of the Union as captured by the people!

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PC, Laptop or Smart Phone?

The importance of communications in development is undeniable and repetitively proven. Over the recent years the increase of telecommunication systems combined with the Internet and wireless technologies have changed the economic development scene across the world. Of course the pace of ICT penetration differs between the developed and developing countries, and as expected numerous studies have been conducted to identify the best way to address and bridge this form of inequality.

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Transparency in a world without trust

Wikileaks is definitely a controversial organization, questionable for the legitimacy of its mission raising numerous concerns about the digital future of information on a broader spectrum. In a Utopian world, the idea of mutual contribution to the wealth of human knowledge without any restraints or filtering, would be a noble safeguarded privilege. The scenario though differs significantly when an individual or organization uses this uncensored power to threat, control or even destroy another entity. The debates between open and closed governance, regulation and deregulation, ownership and pluralism apply on this issue making it extremely complicated to approach.

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