5G: if you build it, we will fill it — Benedict Evans

This is the great thing about the decentralized, permissionless innovation of the internet – telcos don’t need to decide in advance what the use cases are, any more than Intel had to decide what the use cases for faster CPUs would be.
— Read on www.ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2019/1/16/5g-if-you-build-it-we-will-fill-it

Ben is not a telecoms analyst anymore. He has a different perspective. Thinks in ways that resonate with how I tick. Great stuff.

Not every ‘influence’ needs or even wants to be visible and transparent

I’ve known of Flattr for a long time. Last fall I was part of the group that converged on sending them some grant money (http://www.vinnova.se/sv/Verksamhet/ForskaVax/Tidigare-finansierade-projekt/Finansierade-projekt-hosten-2010/). This morning I activated my flattr-account, input some funds and started flattr-ing stuff that others pointed me to. They actively pointed out that they ‘produced’ something of tangible size and ‘value’. I guess. Otherwise they wouldn’t have submitted it?

Flattr’s a great thing. I. Do. Think. So.

BUT. Not every influence or thought wants to or needs to be ‘clickable’, transparent, and trackable. It doesn’t need to be shone a light on!  It is not ‘valuable’ enough to merit submission, according to the author, who is the one that have to submit. At least I don’t think so. Not that it wants to be ‘secret’. It merely doesn’t want to be clickable, to stand out, to ‘brag’ about its own (potential) merits. Because it’s small, and part of a pattern, a (possibly persietent) flow, but not valuable _on its own_.

There’s lot’s of intelligent writing on the pro’s and cons of making every word in a text into a hypertext link. Or Lessig’s text ‘Against Transparency’ in the Atlantic (no url provided here… but, surely, google is your friend if you think it’s worth checking out?) I kind of appreciate the not-so-very-linked texts more and more. And. But this short breakfast reflection isn’t entirely about that part but about my feeling that I don’t want or need for every ‘submission’ to be countable as a statistic in a list of flattr-submission, or posts on a blog or heart ticks in an endomondo-diagram or check-ins on my private google latitude dashbord. ”Life’s bigger and more than a series of numbers”. More happens. Most of ‘what happens’ isn’t accounted for explicitly and ‘individually’, either because we can’t track it yet, or because we don’t _want_ it to be tracked or counted, ok?

I will surely write and contribute and participate as I like to think I do at times, at work, in life, at home, connected at times, disconnected at other times. Sometimes I might submit something actively (to flattr, or just point to something via twitter, or…). But more often, what ‘I do’ or think or say to a collegue in a corridor conversation or… will neither be submitted, nor understood by the algorithms of the great machine. But still, hopefully, provide some value  at the time, in its context etc.

This will be my first blog post in a while. Surely not worth much. But I will submit it to flattr, to celebrate the great morning of a great day that I’ll mostly spend in the garden, tending to (removing!!!) last years oak leaves and my aging SAAB 9-3, while keeping wife and son happy with cheers and cooking etc :)

/peter


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Valtech om Öppna data

Kollegan Peter Krantz på e-delegationen tipsade mig om denna dragning som överskådligt beskriver möjligheterna med öppna data. Tillväxt- och möjlighetsdimensionen är lätt att se. Rekommenderas till alla kollegor!

Kapa kostnader och öka spridningen

/peter

Update: Denna publicerades tidigare på en annan blogg, men där passade den inte längre. Och, ska noteras, jag jobbar alltså på Vinnova, men uttalar mig på intet sätt, i detta forum eller någon annan stans, för Vinnovas räkning. Om jag inte explicit säger så, dvs. Vilket jag nog inte kommer göra någonsin, då jag inte jobbar på V:s kommunikationsavdelning.

Opt-In dystopia

Nicklas Lundblads ”Opt-In Dystopias” är väl ett par veckor gammal vid detta laget men jag hade inte läst än. Nu är det dags – via länk dit och samtal därom i senaste TWIG:

http://wiki.twit.tv/wiki/This_WEEK_in_GOOGLE_39

som pekar på

http://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2010/04/21/facebook-what-they-announced-at-f8/

som fick mig att än mindre tycka om eller gilla Facebook. Jag hoppade in som hastigast och raderade delar av min profil samt kapade aktiva kopplingar mellan facebook och några andra tjänster jag använder.  Jag läste på vidare på NNSquad hur listmaster Lauren formulerade sig, och jag delar hans syn i detta:

I have a Facebook account.  I don’t use it.  Basically the only
information I’m willing to share with Facebook is my password for
accessing Facebook.  And the only reason I do that is because, uh,
well, I couldn’t log in without it.  Which I rarely bother to do.
(Which reminds me, if you’ve ever tried to ”Friend” me on Facebook,
don’t hold your breath for a response — I routinely ignore everything
Facebook sends out.)

The reason is simple and basic.  I have a fundamental distrust of
Facebook’s ”core values” related to privacy.  At every stage, they’ve
attempted to manipulate rather than treat these issues in an honestly
straightforward manner.

That’s why when it comes to entrusting someone in the Cloud with any
privacy-sensitive data, I’ll take Eric Schmidt over Mark Zuckerberg
any day.

Vad säger ni i frågan?

/peter nõu

Update: Denna publicerades tidigare på en annan blogg, men där passade den inte längre. Och, ska noteras, jag jobbar alltså på Vinnova, men uttalar mig på intet sätt, i detta forum eller någon annan stans, för Vinnovas räkning. Om jag inte explicit säger så, dvs. Vilket jag nog inte kommer göra någonsin, då jag inte jobbar på V:s kommunikationsavdelning.