- Liquid data
- Networked accountability
- Data as infrastructure
- Social coding
- Data commons
- Lean government
- Smart government
- Sharing economy
- Preemptive health care
- Predictive data analytics
- Algorithmic censorship and algorithmic transparency
- Personal data ownership
- Open journalism
- Automation, artificial intelligence and employment
Large utility companies worry about Google. Why? Unlike those who mock Google for being a “one-trick pony”, with 99% of its revenue coming from Adwords, they connect the dots. Right before our eyes, the search giant is weaving a web of services and applications aimed at collecting more and more data about everyone and every activity. This accumulation of exabytes (and the ability to process such almost unconceivable volumes) is bound to impact sectors ranging from power generation, transportation, and telecommunications.
Consider the following trends. At every level, Western countries are crumbling under their debt load. Nations, states, counties, municipalities become unable to support the investment necessary to modernize — sometimes even to maintain — critical infrastructures. Globally, tax-raising capabilities are diminishing.
The reason for the concern, and the solution to the decay of State actors is, Google’s information collection and analysis capability which may become essential to assessing the PPP risk (despite always being underwritten by the tax payer).
Pacific Fibre has signed up another foundation customer from the US, taking total sales to US$200 million and prompting it to announce a ribbon-cutting date on the cable.