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Is being connected a basic human right?

Posted by Naomi Weiser on January 17, 2012 |

BLOGGER: NAOMI WEISER  – EDITOR @ AMDOCS VOICES

Think basic human rights and what probably spring to mind are the “usual” civil, economic, social  and political rights such as the right to vote, to free speech, to a fair trial, to be safe, free from discrimination, to privacy, education, housing, health and an adequate standard of living. Those are some of the ones that fortunately applied to me at the time I was born, but another, perhaps less obvious one has been added by the UN to the list since then – the right to be connected to the Internet.

Taking this further are the US Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC),  who view broadband access and adoption as the main civil rights issue in the digital age, because without it, they say, a person will be doomed to second-class citizenship.  However, in a NY times editorial last week,  Vint Cerf, widely regarded as one of the fathers of the Internet and now VP and chief Internet evangelist for Google, disagreed with the human rights definition, explaining: “technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself. It is a mistake to place any particular technology in this exalted category, since over time we will end up valuing the wrong things.”

Whichever point of view you support, with more than 30%of the world’s 7 billion population already using the Internet, nationwide connectivity is something that’s being driven by different governments around the world who see broadband as another fundamental utility.  Click Here to Read More

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Trends to keep an eye on in 2012

Posted by Naomi Weiser on December 29, 2011

BLOGGER: NAOMI WEISER  – EDITOR @ AMDOCS VOICES

As 2011 draws to a close, which trends should we keep an eye on in 2012?  Here are just a few:

Mobile Augmented Reality –we’ve been hearing about it for a while now, but will 2012 finally be its year?  Augmented reality puts a virtual view on top of your real world, and according to Visiongain, 25% of all app downloads will feature some sort of augmented reality. And even though its adoption will depend on using more powerful, high-speed and camera-ready mobile devices, Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff is confident that “by 2013, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn’t at least tried augmented reality”. It’s now in games, location apps, ecommerce (Amazon, yet again) for identifying products and then giving you the opportunity to buy them, and coffee shops and could start showing up in cars and even eyeglasses.

Connecting the dots: It’s a connected world – there’s no doubt about that. We’re now accessing content across multiple platforms, browsers, operating systems and devices including the desktop, mobile apps, and Internet-enabled TVs. I personally now own a smartphone, laptop, tablet, e-reader and a home PC (four of which were purchased in the last 12 months) and watch Internet TV, so the news that fifteen percent of U.S. consumers already use four or more computing devices in an average week doesn’t surprise me. And like me, these users want to enjoy a consistent experience and when possible, real-time quality of service, even when the experience is spread over different devices, browsers and platforms – that’s not an easy challenge for the service providers to overcome.

The ever-growing Cloud: (aka the ability to access your information or use a service from anywhere in the world). This year, we blogged about Amazon’s Cloud Player and Apple’s iCloud services, and wherever they go, everyone usually follows. Even if you think you’ve decided not to directly use the Cloud, there is a strong probability that some of your outsourced web services are cloud-based.  From music storage, email services, video conferencing to document sharing and entire office infrastructure and processes, the Cloud offers scalability, potential cost savings and flexibility that can be hard to resist, and service providers like BT are already offering a range of hosted cloud services by leveraging their assets such as data centers and network capabilities. 

Everything’s going mobile: Back in 2010, it was predicted that within five years, more users will connect to the Internet via mobile devices than on desktop PCs. And we certainly appear to be heading that way. From micro payment activities such as swiping phones at NY City Subway ticket barriers instead of using travel cards, or paying for Starbucks coffee using a mobile app instead of debit cards, or Amazon’s price comparison barcode scanner, to major purchases such as using PayPal’s mobile app to buy a new house, it looks as though mobile payments might indeed end up being “the most importance development of the decade. With the Centre for Retail Research (UK) predicting that by 2015, a quarter of online purchases will be made on mobiles, traditional “brick and mortar” retailers are now scrambling to adapt their business models.

Want to add any others to the list? Will interactive  or 3D TV take off? And what do you think about machine-to-machine technology? (Will you be controlling your home’s security or your healthcare from your smartphone?) Let me know what you think we’ll be talking about in 2012…

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How to harness mobile social media “sweet spots” – and avoid the hype

Posted by on Sep 17, 2011 in WIMD Blog | Comments Off

How to harness mobile social media “sweet spots” – and avoid the hype

Eden Zoller, Principal Analyst

Mobile social media is becoming highly competitive with a growing number of players clustered around certain service “sweet spots” in the value chain, notably social gaming, location-based “check-in” services and also social hub services. The problem is that too many companies are rushing into these sweet spots with very similar “me-too” propositions. The wide availability of such undifferentiated services opens the door to rapid commoditization and challenges for the business model.

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Winning with freemium content business models

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Winning with freemium content business models

Eden Zoller, Principal Analyst

Making money from digital content is increasingly difficult, particularly when much of it is available for free, a state of affairs that is creating an expectation among consumers that allcontent should come without a price tag. Under these conditions finding the optimum business model for a digital content service is critical, and yet it is something that few service providers get right, particularly with freemium models that are attractive but are hard to execute well.

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Welcome

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Welcome

Women in Mobile DataData (WiMD) is an international organisation that attracts members from across the mobile industry. Our aim is to create a community that promotes and enhances the role of women within mobile, providing opportunities for personal development and co-operation.

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We offer the opportunity for members to network regularly, enabling you to interact with peers and develop relationships that can be helpful in your professional lives.

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Spread the word

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Get involved

WiMD members needs you! What do you want to learn? What types of individuals do you want to meet? What you put in to WiMD is what you get out of WiMD. If you’d like to contribute to our blog or have ideas regarding speakers, events, or resources that we could use, we’d love to hear from you.  (more…)

 

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