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The DIGITAL DIVIDE isn’t about have and have nots anymore; it’s about HAVE IN TIME TO BE ACTIONABLE. Monopolies, oligarchies, and boutique data aggregators own the actual currency upon which societies are based:

Chattanooga media jostle in digital fast lane

The citywide rollout of a gigabit Ethernet connection and a brand new, job-proliferating Volkswagen plant have sparked an unusually high level of online competition in the nation’s 86th DMA. Wehco Media’s Times-Free Press leads in traffic while a bevy of rivals, including a strong Internet pureplay, are vying for attention.

High-Frequency Traders Flat-Out Buying Data Ahead of You

When the Institute for Supply Management releases its index of manufacturing activity next week, the headlines from the report will flash to traders at what their eyes tell them is 10:00 am. But unless they are subscribers to a new low-latency feed provided by Thomson Reuters, they’ll actually be getting it late—and depending on how they’re positioned, it could be too late.

04/24/2012 Internet2 General Session focused on transformation PDF

04/25/2012 Internet2 General Session focused on innovation PDF

Smart Grid Requires Utilities To Merge IT And OT Worlds


RANT: The Discussion is about local tax authorities, C-Suite conveniences, not job growth

Milt Capps @miltcapps
Nashville needs to have “gravitational pull” for IT pro’s, says @tractor supply CEO Wright @lipscomb NBJ event @kateo @entrecenter @ed_dodds

Ed Dodds @ed_dodds
@miltcapps sf & ny have “pull” – they also have much inter firm job hopping; time for management to drop geo-lock #Terabit #Ethernet #Fiber

What we need is a completely different way to think about capturing the national gray markets and organized crime revenues (the “cash” economies). A national sales tax which is proportioned by person so that my city gets x%, my county gets y%, my state gets z% could be a corrective. Some other tool might work better.

Why this matters
All cities and states are concerned about bringing HQs of businesses to their TAX JURISDICTION; they only care about job creation and growth in so far as it can be TAXED. This is a Zero Sum game between states and the US ranks lower in disclosure technology adoption than many other regimes, so it doesn’t bode well internationally either (from an investor’s standpoint).

Innovation isn’t geo-locked, tends to be collaborative — @BobMetcalfe talks about (single) research universities, @jhagel and JSB talk about Innovation Clusters like Silicon Valley (note: “innovation cluster” is shorthand for lazy VCs won’t hop on a plane or drive 20 minutes–and more realistically “a place with a track record of hefty DoD investment”). Kennedy spaceshots, explorations to Mars and Alpha Centauri — whatever builds the rocket engines for the contractors. Oh, weapons of mass distraction in Iran before a presidential election, you say?

The Valley and Wall Street definitely have benefits (the first of which is that’s where the VCs and hedge funds are). But if you look at the success of global open source distributed development model (which, of course, isn’t the only one) then you see that business geo-lock is a function of revenue collection, not what’s best for the foundation platforms upon which innovation is built. Again, as Jim Clifton of Gallop points out, innovation without demand is meaningless. Hence the reliance on DoD, the only bipartisanly blind part of the fedgov budget guaranteed to grow. [You want electronic medical record adoption, then militarize heathcare (or nationalize {Jed Bartlett}) see WorldVista, Va, DoD].

Current corporate goals are 1) concentration of compensation in the C-Suite (Chomsky asserts most wealth since 2007 went to the top .1%–I realize I’m conflating and sloppy logicing here due to anecdotes), 2) reduction of corporate investment in local social safety nets (workmans comp, other disabilities related charitable service support in proportion to employee utilization, shedding of legacy pension fund liabilities 3) taking advantage of globalization where regulatory laxity and judicial corruption literally allow a firm to get away with murder (see Apple and Foxconn suicides). Until “Say on Pay” is legalized in the US (with legal force not just “suggestions”–and stock holders grow a conscience), that won’t change.

Vote Technotarian ;-)

Next RANT: Corps refuse to invest in HR Innovation to take advantage of alternative learning path credentialing (I see you’ve graduated from Khan Academy, can cure cancer, but you don’t seem to have a four year degree ;-()

Student Debt is a Symptom; Lack of Standardized Higher Ed Degree Credentialing is the Disease

Because HR is lax (or under-resourced?) and uses a four year degree as a hoop to jump thru rather than developing more thorough skills and experience analytics (that’s why HR-XML is out there), folks confuse “being credentialed” (I got my BA, BS, MA, MS) with “being educated”. Because only certain folks determine who is qualified to receive a degree, degree granting is a DE FACTO MONOPOLY (RICO statutes anyone?). Where there are monopolies, there are those who can make profit thru coercion (whether monetary profit like lenders or “physical profit” like professors extorting sex for grades from coeds).

<ed.note>While the degree to which models of commercial higher ed schools, charter schools, home schools have multiplied — and with this a variety of distance and web-enabled ed models, the credentialing oligarchy is still in place. It is worth observing that undergraduate standards are being developed via an initiative under the auspices of the National Governors Association (with 47 States participating). I expect these credentialing folks to be overturned as the public becomes aware that the true bottleneck (say for nurses and doctors) is not the number of students who can enter programs (say medical school) but the number of folks/processes society have deemed authoritative to determine competency on the outcomes side of the ed pipeline. The for-profit ed model will necessarily have to begin lobbying for alternative accreditation mechanisms within 5 to 10 years for their profitability to continue as their stock holders demand. Also, this just in at BusinessWeek.</ed.note>

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This Just In: We Don’t Actually Care About What We Say We Care About [Growth, Innovation, STEM]

Please see here and here.

Meanwhile, at the Tennessee Valley Corridor’s Non-Traditional Emerging Workforce in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (NEW-STEM) Initiative

See also Robert Silvers, editor of the New York Review of Books, moderates a panel discussion on the current global economic crisis. Participating in the discussion are: George Soros, author of “Financial Turmoil in Europe and the United States; Paul Krugman, author of “End This Depression Now!”; Jeffrey Sachs, author of “The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity”; and Edmund Phelps, author of “Rewarding Work.” This event was hosted by the New York Review of Books and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Especially the last 15 minutes: (1) (2)