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Month: June 2020

Tech for Evil Case Study: Clearview AI
product strategy, digital literacy

Tech for Evil Case Study: Clearview AI

You may have heard about Clearview AI in the news, especially around facial recognition. But who is this company, and what do they actually do? Setting the Stage First a bit of background to this post. Four years ago I published this post about Tech for Evil during the Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. In it, I gave a technical review of how law enforcement used drones and LRAD devices against peaceful protesters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0pnEZ6cen4 Weapons used against the peaceful pipeline protesters at Standing Rock Here we are, four years later. People have forgotten about Standing Rock, if they even heard about it when it happened. Now, we're in the midst of a global outcry against police violence against black people, that ironically is ...
Small Worlds can Hide the Truth
digital literacy

Small Worlds can Hide the Truth

Small worlds give us social structure and help us make sense of how we fit into the greater society. But sometimes they can also prevent important change from happening by narrowing our world view. Let's dig into some theories of information seeking behavior to see if there are patterns we can optimize to ensure that lasting social change finally comes. Digital Literacy Relies on Information Seeking Behavior Digital Literacy is more important than ever in light of the enormous societal change to which we currently bear witness. However, it is becoming harder and harder to parse the information that is coming our way, let alone evaluate its relevance, because of the sheer volume of information. This article by Sonja Blignaut: Resist the Urge to Simplify Stories discusses how h...
Be a vExpert
community strategy

Be a vExpert

Why should you apply to be a vExpert? I've been a vExpert for several years. Here are reasons I'd recommend the program to anyone who uses VMware products. Be a vExpert for the Recognition This was a hard one for me to swallow. I've always had a hard time with the expert label. I don't have a hard time. I'm not someone who has a home lab (these days I do cloud labs, when I get the time). I'm not the first person to download brand new bits to examine what's new. I have experience with ESX that goes way back to pre-vSphere days. I've been responsible for the product marketing of many partner products over the years, so I participated in the integration of software products (think backup products) with VMware products. I've always written about VMware products, I've always supporte...