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Lora Cecere – Supply chain excellence. Home. Research Themes. As an analyst and research firm focused on disruptive business trends, our clients and others frequently ask us what we are paying attention to and what we are researching.

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With this in mind, below we share key research themes — four business disruptions — that have the potential to significantly impact organizations and consumers during the next three years. Everything Digital: An increasingly digital landscape – including data, devices, platforms and experiences –- that will envelop consumers and businesses. Everything Digital is the increasingly digital environment that depends on an evolving ecosystem of interoperable data, devices, platforms –- experienced by people and business. Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang. They have new powers.

Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang

They are backed by powerful companies. And they are starting to organize. Tracking the Trackers: Where Everybody Knows Your Username. Click the local Home Depot ad and your email address gets handed to a dozen companies monitoring you.

Tracking the Trackers: Where Everybody Knows Your Username

Web Companies Agree to Support 'Do Not Track' System. Joseph Turow: How Companies Are 'Defining Your Worth' Online. One of the fastest-growing online businesses is the business of spying on Internet users.

Joseph Turow: How Companies Are 'Defining Your Worth' Online

Using sophisticated software that tracks people's online movements through the Web, companies collect the information and sell it to advertisers. Every time you click a link, fill out a form or visit a website, advertisers are working to collect personal information about you, says Joseph Turow, a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Google sugarcoated privacy policy changes to mislead users, group charges. The Center for Digital Democracy sent a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission Wednesday asking it to find Google in violation of a 2011 consent order, conduct an investigation and request the search giant postpone the rollout of its new privacy policies.

Google sugarcoated privacy policy changes to mislead users, group charges

National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace. David Birch: Identity without a name. Google Busted With Hand in Safari-Browser Cookie Jar. Google intentionally circumvented the default privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser, using a backdoor to set cookies on browsers set to reject them, in the latest privacy debacle for the search and advertising giant.

Google Busted With Hand in Safari-Browser Cookie Jar

Google immediately disabled the practice after the Wall Street Journal disclosed the practice Thursday night, which was discovered by Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer and confirmed by security consultant Ashkan Soltani. Safari, which accounts for about 6% of desktop browsing and more than 50% of mobile browsing, is the only major browser to block so-called third-party cookies by default. When you visit a website, all browsers, including Safari, allow that site to put a small tracking file on your computer, which allows the site to identify a unique user, track what they’ve done and remember settings. However, many sites also have Facebook “Like” buttons, ads served by third parties, weather widgets powered by other sites or comment systems run by a third party.

Jerry - Articles About Big Data. Welcome!

Jerry - Articles About Big Data

New and Improved Areas Words I Love My Beliefs. Manage (and make cash with?) your data online. Personal lets users store data from multiple sites and then decide whom, if anyone, they want to share it with.

Manage (and make cash with?) your data online

New companies seek to help Web users take better control of their personal dataOne company, Personal, says users could one day trade data for perks, cashSingly offers data lockers that developers will use for personalized appsGoogle, Facebook and others have made billions by harnessing user data (CNN) -- It's a truth of the modern digital age: If you're using a Web service for free, you're not the customer. You're probably the product. Issues Final Commission Report on Protecting Consumer Privacy. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's chief privacy policy and enforcement agency, issued a final report setting forth best practices for businesses to protect the privacy of American consumers and give them greater control over the collection and use of their personal data.

Issues Final Commission Report on Protecting Consumer Privacy

In the report, "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: Recommendations For Businesses and Policymakers," the FTC also recommends that Congress consider enacting general privacy legislation, data security and breach notification legislation, and data broker legislation. "If companies adopt our final recommendations for best practices – and many of them already have – they will be able to innovate and deliver creative new services that consumers can enjoy without sacrificing their privacy," said Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the FTC.

The final privacy report expands on a preliminary staff report the FTC issued in December 2010. » Judge Napolitano: First Patriot To Shoot Down A Government Spy Drone Will Be A Hero Alex Jones. Blasts illegal use of “plastic drones” to spy on Americans in their backyards Steve Watson May 16, 2012 Judge Andrew Napolitano has warned Congress not to act “like potted plants” regarding the increased use of unmanned surveillance drones without warrants over US skies by military, government, and law enforcement agencies.

» Judge Napolitano: First Patriot To Shoot Down A Government Spy Drone Will Be A Hero Alex Jones

Echoing the recent comments of his Fox News colleague Charles Krauthammer, Napolitano also said that “The first American patriot that shoots down one of these drones that comes too close to his children in his backyard will be an American hero.” The federal government is rolling out new rules on the use of the unmanned drones this week, with the Federal Aviation Administration announcing procedures will “streamline” the process through which government agencies, including local law enforcement, receive licenses to operate the aircraft.

How open is your internet? An interactive map. The OpenNet Initiative has analysed government interference with the internet in 74 countries. The level of tampering in four categories is graded out of four in each country. See how each country is ranked below. Buttons below the map explain each category and show how all countries perform in each category. Click each country for scores across all categories and for national summaries of recent state internet activity and progress in accessibility. Map: Where are the gun permits in your neighborhood? These maps indicate the locations of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties. Latest in Web Tracking: Stealthy 'Supercookies' The Advertising Industry Has Quietly Launched One Of History's Biggest Efforts In Social Profiling - Business Insider. Does the Internet empower consumers?

Or does it make them more vulnerable to manipulation by companies and potentially the government? While both statements might be correct, the balance tilts definitely toward the latter, according to Joseph Turow, a professor of communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School. Dick Hardt dot org. Avi Rubin: All your devices can be hacked. The New Pay Phone and What It Knows About You. The term pay phone has a new meaning today. For consumers who wish to ditch their wallets, paying through a mobile phone can be awfully convenient. Massive Data Breach Strikes Visa, MasterCard, Others.

Four giant card-payment processors and large U.S. banks that issue debit and credit cards were hit by a data-security breach after third-party services provider Global Payments Inc discovered its systems were compromised by unauthorized access. It was not immediately clear how many cardholders became victims of the breach, which affected MasterCard Inc, Visa Inc, American Express Co and Discover Financial Services, as well as banks and other franchises that issue cards bearing their logos.

U.S. law enforcement authorities including the Secret Service are investigating and MasterCard said it has hired an independent data-security organization to review the incident. The CIA wants to spy on you through your TV: Agency director says net-connected gadgets will 'transform' surveillance. Devices connected to internet leak informationCIA director says these gadgets will 'transform clandestine tradecraft' Spies could watch thousands via supercomputersPeople 'bug' their own homes with web-connected devices.

How Companies Learn Your Secrets. Big Data and the Stalker Economy. Retail Insight Blog. Google deliberately stole information but executives 'covered it up' for years. Work of Street View cars to be examined over allegations Google used them to download personal detailsEmails, texts, photos and documents taken from wi-fi networks as cars photographed British roadsEngineer who designed software said a privacy lawyer should be consultedCalls for police and Information Commissioner to investigate new evidence. Webcam Hacker Luis Mijangos: Newsmakers. Facebook, Google to Stand Trial in India. Cookie Law Solutions.

Spectrum Crunch: The cell phone industry hits its limits - Feb. 21. This is part one of a week-long series on the cell phone capacity crunch. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The U.S. mobile phone industry is running out of the airwaves necessary to provide voice, text and Internet services to its customers. Outlook: Monetizing mobile bandwidth. Mobile's Coming Costs Put CFOs on the Spot CIO. CFOworld — The iPad/iPhone-driven BYOD trend means demand for mobile bandwidth is expanding exponentially. That's interesting as a reflection of the boom in mobile devices across consumer and enterprise markets, but means problems for carriers.

Blog Archive » Shopatron redefines Vendor Relationships. Is Procter & Gamble Losing Its Edge on the Competition? F-Commerce Trips as Gap to Penney Shut Facebook Stores: Retail. Brands Give Facebook F-Commerce an F. How Facebook Can Improve Upon Its 'F' Grade in F-Commerce. Infographic: A look into the future of Facebook 2012 - 2025. Understanding And Engaging The Digital Shopper - SymphonyIRI Group. Brands struggling to follow consumer journey online, finds IAB. Why QR Codes Won't Last. Marketing Infographics. Clay Christensen's Milkshake Marketing. Amex Invests $100 Million In Its Future: Digital Ecosystem, Not The Plastic Card. The “Unhyped” New Areas in Internet and Mobile.

Google’s Mobile Sales Head: US Smartphone Ownership Grew 7% Last Year — Plus, Predictions. Amazon Has Tried Everything to Make Shopping Easier. Except This. BloomReach Crunches Big Data To Deliver The Future Of SEO and SEM. The 5 Must-Reads on Enterprise Social within the Last Month. 5 Paradoxes Shaping the Future of Mobile Commerce. The Everything Project: Building A Google For The Mobile Web App Ecosystem.