Continue to be transfixed by the Internet of Things and its application within the Gov2.0 area.
Can we utilize IPv6 addressing to make sure we categorize our public goods (streets, streetlights, parking meters, wheelie bins) and created sociable items out of each of them. By design, can we make the public goods interactive and can we integrate citizen engagement technologies so that citizens can interact, in real time, with the public goods that they have helped to create (and fund)?
But to be successful in the public sphere, we will need to do some things right that we have never been very good at. We need to get governance right. As we open up the public world to crowdsourced impact and potentially crowdsourced management of public goods, we need to ensure that communities are included in the planning, deployment and managment of these assets.
Internet of Things can be complex, but can it organize the public sector?
As the article states, it is vital. The losses in Europe alone come close to 1% of global GDP. In times like we are in right now, that point could help improve the lot of millions worldwide. And perception is very much reality. So, the perceived safety of conducting transactions online is instrumental in driving adoption, especially in the case of government transactions.
As we push toward a more consolidated view of cloud computing, this becomes even more vital. For private companies to invest in the needed infrastructure moving forward, the current level of risk is prohibitive. Whether it is a small SaaS provider or the larges Platform providers, the level of risk in becoming a target of cybercrime is incredible. And the investment levels remain high as well. The equation starts to balance in the wrong direction and a correction is needed to ensure that we can, in fact, afford to provide the needed infrastructure, and protect it, moving forward.
The European Commission is taking many of the correct stands to ensure this happens, but member states need to take local action as well. And globally, we all need to realize that a weakness anywhere is indeed a weakness everywhere.