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Facebook vs. Data Portability | @CloudExpo #Cloud #BigData #Storage
A defiant act of civil disobedience against Facebook by Power Ventures led to an Eight-Year court battle

Facebook vs. Data Portability: Who Owns an Individual's Data? Supreme Court Asked to Decide

From 2006 to 2011, Power Ventures operated a groundbreaking online communications, personal data management, and social networking aggregator hosted at the website www.power.com. Power offered registered users the capacity to access multiple online social networks (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter), messaging services (e.g., Microsoft messenger-MSN), and email accounts (e.g., Google mail) through a single, integrated online interface consisting of a digital dashboard and browser. This online interface also featured popular add-in applications like a unified address book and mailbox integrating all of a user's contacts, emails, social network messages, and instant messages in one place. The interface additionally enabled Power users to move files between different accounts with a click-and-drag function, like a user moves folders on an AppleOS or Microsoft Windows desktop.

You had over 20 million users at your peak. How did Power.com work and why was it so valuable for users?

Steven Vachani, CEO of Power Ventures: Power offered its users the capacity to access multiple online social networks (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter), messaging services (e.g., Microsoft messenger-MSN), and email accounts (e.g., Google mail) through a single, integrated online interface consisting of a digital dashboard and browser. This online interface also featured popular add-in applications like a unified address book and mailbox integrating all of a user's contacts, emails, social network messages, and instant messages in one place. The interface also allowed Power users to move files between different accounts with a click-and-drag function, like a user moves folders on a Mac or Microsoft Windows desktop.

How did your Data Portability functionality work for users?

Vachani: We offered our users both portability and the ability to have all their data (contacts, photos, files, messages) synchronized across their different sites. Our data synchronization and portability features were particularly popular among our users. Imagine you wanted move or copy a thousand photos and photo descriptions from Facebook to another social network or to a cloud storage account such as Dropbox. Just to move one photo, it would take several steps to click, download, and save each photo on your device, and several more steps to recreate each folder. Just as you use a moving company in the real world to transport your possessions from one home to another, Power worked as a ‘digital mover.' It allowed users to move, synchronize, or copy all of their online data freely between accounts with a simple drag-and-drop functionality. Power was a new type of operating system for the Internet, in the same way that Windows is an operating system for your desktop.

You just petitioned the US Supreme Court to decide on an 8-year-long battle between you and Facebook on the issue of data portability. What is the petition about?

Vachani: Our petition asks the Supreme Court to clarify once and for all who truly owns an individual's data and property on the Internet. More importantly, we are asking the court to definitively clarify if a social network, cloud storage provider, or other website has the right to obstruct you, or any third party you authorize to assist you in moving your personal data to another site or to a personal computer.

You are arguing that the 9th Circuit's decision sets a dangerous precedent which obstructs data portability and gives any social network, cloud storage provider, or other website the ability to lock a user out of their online data or possessions. Can you explain this?

Vachani: Let me give a more familiar example to make my point. Imagine if the 9th Circuit Court had said that your landlord was legally authorized to restrict you from using boxes, movers, and a moving truck to help you pack, ship, and transport your personal belongings outside of your current home to a new home. This would force you against your will to either not move at all or to abandon your personal possessions. This is exactly what the 9th Circuit ruled in regards to an individual's rights to freely move their online data and property. Now, any social network ( i.e. Facebook or LinkedIn) or cloud storage site (i.e. Dropbox, Microsoft, Google, or Apple) can lock your data inside their site and make it very difficult for you to move your digital property. If you or your digital mover (i.e. Power.com)  try to help you move your data, and Facebook doesn't want you to do this any more, you could both face criminal penalties.

Facebook claims that you violated the CFAA, a federal anti-hacking law and the 9th circuit decision partly supports Facebook's claim. How did 9th Circuit justify this decision?

Vachani: After the popularity of the movie "War Games" in the early 1980's, it became a catalyst for the creation of a severe anti-hacking law with federal criminal penalties specifically targeted at combating hacking what the CFAA calls a ‘protected computer.' The CFAA defines a ‘protected computer' very specifically as a computer used by the US government or US financial institutions and they also include computers used to facilitate interstate or international commerce or communication for the government. The penalties for CFAA violations could range from 5 to 20+ years in prison.

The CFAA was created back in the early 1980's at a time when nobody could have foreseen the Internet as we know it today with billions of users using social media, instant messaging, and personal cloud storage sites. In the early 1990's, creative prosecutors started to broaden the scope of the CFAA to everything well beyond the direct hacking of government ‘protected' computers for which the law was originally intended. Over the last twenty years, the CFAA went down a slippery slope where now even private companies can use the CFAA to intimidate and scare their competitors or even individual users from doing anything they don't like. This includes relatively innocuous actions such as not allowing you to give your password to your mom, your friend or a third party or authorizing a third party digital moving service to assist a user to move their own data to a new place.

If users gave you their passwords and authorized you to access their accounts on their behalf and for their benefit, why does Facebook and the 9th Circuit consider this to be a violation of one of the government's most serious federal hacking laws?

Vachani: Facebook's CFAA claim, which the 9th Circuit adopted, was that Power accessed its website and servers- which they argue is also a "protected computer" under CFAA-and that it did so "without authorization" since Facebook had explicitly told them to desist.  In Facebook's view, the authorization to Power from the individual users to access their own Facebook data was irrelevant after Facebook had asked Power to stop assisting users to organize and move their own personal data.

The 9th Circuit has effectively ruled that a website owner has the unilateral right to prevent or obstruct a user from moving their data from one site to another location. As in my earlier analogy, this is the same as if the courts had legally authorized all landlords in the country to restrict you from using boxes, movers, and a moving truck to help you pack, ship, and transport your personal belongings outside of your current home to a new home.

How did the 9th Circuit justify this decision?

Vachani: The 9th Circuit Court analogized Power's conduct to a person given permission to access jewelry in a friend's safe deposit box who walks into the bank with a shotgun to whom the bank refuses entry. The analogy is inept and misleading, because Facebook's mission is not to secure the user's "property" (e.g., photos, friends' contact information) in an online vault, but rather to share it with friends and family and sometimes the public at large.  Furthermore, Power did not wield a figurative gun: its user-authorized entry into users' Facebook data was not even arguably coercive or dangerous, as evidenced by the fact that every other online service in Facebook's position (like Google and Microsoft) permitted Power to operate with millions of users in their site from 2006-2011 when Power ceased operations.  In fact, one of the same judges who ruled in favor of this decision, Judge Wardlaw, noted during the 9th Circuit oral argument that ‘physical property analogies are often unhelpful in the online context.'

How do you assess the situation?

Vachani: I believe this ultimately comes down to common sense and existing precedent for standard behavior for a user to access and move their data out of a web site. If Power was truly carrying a shotgun, there are actually very serious existing laws and commonly accepted precedents that would define this as dangerous behavior. In the case of Power, we were performing the exact same actions that every user themselves can and do every time they access Facebook. Like a mover who is contracted to move your personal property, we move this data more efficiently and professionally than a user could do manually. Facebook themselves admitted on the record that Power caused no damage and also didn't challenge our proof that there was not single documented complaint by any user of Power performing the services that the user's asked us to do. Had we been carrying a ‘shotgun' or disrupting the peace on Facebook, you can imagine that at least one user from our millions of users using our service might have filed a complaint. In this case, not a single one of our millions of users documented a complaint to Facebook or anyone else and Facebook was not able to produce any complaints or cite any damages.

According to the cease and desist letter Power received, Facebook, stated that you had violated their terms and conditions and had to leave. How could Power justify its actions?

Vachani: Initially when we received the cease and desist request, we were quite shocked that Facebook was asking us to cease assisting users to export their own data and property. This was even more shocking considering that Facebook and every other major social media web sites at the time were currently and had been for many years using this exact same technique of requesting user's password from their other accounts and then assisting users to export their address books and other data into Facebook. In fact, the import address book feature to assist users to bring their friends to Facebook was likely the single biggest contributor to Facebook's early acquisition of users.

We believed and made clear that the user's right to own, control, and move their data without obstruction is an inalienable right just as the right to freely port your mobile phone number and to freely move your possessions from your apartment. We also found Facebook's justification stating that we were in violation of Facebook's terms and conditions and that we were hackers under the CFAA's definition of hacking, to be very disturbing interpretations of government laws which could be harmful to future rights of Internet citizens. Therefore, In an act of civil disobedience for what we viewed as an unjust and flawed interpretation a user's rights and existing laws, we held our ground and engaged Facebook in meaningful dialogue on this very important matter. We invited Facebook to engage in meaningful discussions on this matter. After Facebook filed its lawsuit, we moved our dispute to the legal system, and now the Supreme Court, to resolve this important question once and for all.

Why is Data Portability so important to the future of the Internet?

Vachani: Data portability is among the most important digital issues of our time and the determination of who truly owns an individual's online presence will be crucial to the growth and economics of our digital culture. Today, our entire professional and personal life, including our hard drives and software/apps, are all stored in the cloud Users invest hours creating and organizing their entire life online in the cloud and on social network. Their photos, videos, messages, personal and work files, and pretty much everything else we do, daily to social networking and online cloud, but few really understand the nuances of terms and usage agreements.

The European Union has recently presented guidelines on the right to Data Portability confirming that users must have the right to transmit personal data from one data controller to another data controller ‘without hindrance.' Just as the EU has clearly identified the emerging importance of this issue, we are asking the Supreme Court to recognize the national and international importance of this issue affecting hundreds of millions of American Internet users and billions of global Internet users.

What has the support been like so far from human rights organizations and how do you expect for such support to help your case?

Vachani: We have the support of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the ACLU which weigh in favor of data ownership as an individual right. We expect that their support will help demonstrate that digital ownership is a human right. As society evolves and we become more reliant on technology, ownership and control of our digital identities will become increasingly vital to protect.

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What do social networking sites like Facebook have to gain and lose in the stake for data portability? Why would they oppose a site like Power.com?

Vachani: Facebook argued that Power.com violated the CAN SPAM Act and the CFAA by accessing Facebook without authorization. Facebook did not want individual users to be able to move their data and online property around freely, or to be able to control their own photos, contacts, and messages from Facebook to other accounts. Facebook stood to lose some control over user data, which is why they opposed Power.com. The 9th Circuit eventually ruled that Power did indeed have authorization to access user data because it was given to Power by users themselves.

To be clear about this, like many other social networks that came and disappeared, Facebook might not even be around today if they had not used these unfair and anti-competitive tactics. The lack of data portability dramatically reduces innovation and investment by potential innovators to try to compete against Facebook. Had seamless unobstructed one click data portability been available just as seamless number portability is available with mobile phone company, there is a very good chance that Facebook would most likely not be the market leader that it is today and that the Internet and landscape of social media players would look very different today. Google spent a fortune trying to get traction on its Google Plus social network, but ultimately users were not willing to use a new social network when all their data and contacts were still locked inside Facebook. Power.com empowered users to own and control all their data in all places on their own terms rather than Facebook dictating and controlling the terms of how you want to use your own data and digital property.

What was the outcome of the 9th Circuit ruling?

Vachani: The 9th Circuit reversed prior claims by Facebook that Power violated the CAN SPAM Act and the CFAA by accessing Facebook without authorization, and ruled that Power did indeed have authorization to access user's data because it was given to Power by users themselves. At the same time, the court also ruled against Power stating that its initial authorization by users was then revoked after Facebook asked Power to leave.

Why is this fight so important to you and to Internet users?

Vachani: Today, the internet is at the foundation of every aspect of our lives. It is time for digital human rights to be treated with the same level of gravity as other human and civil rights violations. Users should have the same level of ownership and control of their digital data as they do their physical property.

About Power Ventures (formerly operating as Power.com)

From 2006 to 2011, Power Ventures operated a groundbreaking online communications, personal data management, and social networking aggregator hosted at the website www.power.com. Power offered registered users the capacity to access multiple online social networks (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter), messaging services (e.g., Microsoft messenger-MSN), and email accounts (e.g., Google mail) through a single, integrated online interface consisting of a digital dashboard and browser. This online interface also featured popular add-in applications like a unified address book and mailbox integrating all of a user's contacts, emails, social network messages, and instant messages in one place. The interface additionally enabled Power users to move files between different accounts with a click-and-drag function, like a user moves folders on an AppleOS or Microsoft Windows desktop.

Founded by CEO and global serial entrepreneur, Steven Vachani in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2006, Power Ventures was Brazil's first global technology startup to ever to receive funding from a Tier 1 Silicon Valley VC firm. Power built the Internet's first APP platform and CONNECT platforms in 2006 which were precursors to Facebook Connect and now widely used Apple and Google App platforms. Power attracted more than ten million dollars of investment as a startup from noted Silicon Valley venture capital firms like Draper Fisher Jurvetson (who also invested in Hotmail, Skype, and Tesla) and registered more than twenty million users at its peak.

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Large industrial manufacturing organizations are adopting the agile principles of cloud software companies. The industrial manufacturing development process has not scaled over time. Now that design CAD teams are geographically distributed, centralizing their work is key. With large multi-gigabyte projects, outdated tools have stifled industrial team agility, time-to-market milestones, and impacted P&L stakeholders.
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"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Carl J. Levine, Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1, will objectively discuss how DNS is used to solve Digital Transformation challenges in large SaaS applications, CDNs, AdTech platforms, and other demanding use cases. Carl J. Levine is the Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1. A veteran of the Internet Infrastructure space, he has over a decade of experience with startups, networking protocols and Internet infrastructure, combined with the unique ability to it...
22nd International Cloud Expo, taking place June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and co-located with the 1st DXWorld Expo will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud ...
"Cloud Academy is an enterprise training platform for the cloud, specifically public clouds. We offer guided learning experiences on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and all the surrounding methodologies and technologies that you need to know and your teams need to know in order to leverage the full benefits of the cloud," explained Alex Brower, VP of Marketing at Cloud Academy, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clar...
Gemini is Yahoo’s native and search advertising platform. To ensure the quality of a complex distributed system that spans multiple products and components and across various desktop websites and mobile app and web experiences – both Yahoo owned and operated and third-party syndication (supply), with complex interaction with more than a billion users and numerous advertisers globally (demand) – it becomes imperative to automate a set of end-to-end tests 24x7 to detect bugs and regression. In th...
"MobiDev is a software development company and we do complex, custom software development for everybody from entrepreneurs to large enterprises," explained Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and ...
"There's plenty of bandwidth out there but it's never in the right place. So what Cedexis does is uses data to work out the best pathways to get data from the origin to the person who wants to get it," explained Simon Jones, Evangelist and Head of Marketing at Cedexis, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.

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VenueNext

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METRIC
Linux

MONTES
Iced

ARIOLA
Parasoft

HOLT
Daitan

CUNNING-
HAM

ReadyTalk

BEDRO-
SIAN

Cypress

NAMIE
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NAKA-
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Transparent
Cloud

SHIBATA
Transparent
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BOYD
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VANDER-
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Flatiron
Strategies

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Embotics

KOCHER
Grey Heron

SPROULE
Metavine

BLACK
SQLstream

WARD
DWE

MILLER
Covisint

EVAVOLD
Covisint

MEINER
Oracle

MEEHAN
Esri

WITECK
Citrix

LIANG
Rancher Labs

BUTLER
Tego

ROWE
IBM Cloud

SKILLERN
Intel

SMITH
Numerex
@ThingsExpo New York All-Star Speakers Include

CLELAND
HGST

VASILIOU
Catchpoint

WALLGREN
Electric Cloud

HINCH-
CLIFFE

7Summits

DE SOUZA
Cisco

RANDALL
Gartner

ARMSTRONG
AppNeta

SMALLTREE
Cazena

MCCARTHY
Bsquare

DELOACH
Infobright

QUINT
Ontegrity

MALAUCHLAN
Buddy Platform

PALIOTTA
Vector

MITRA
Cognizant

KOCHER
Grey Heron

PAPDO
POULOS

Cloud9

HARLAN
Two Bulls

GOLO
SHUBIN

Bit6

PROIETTI
Location
Smart

MARTIN
nfrastructure

MOULINE
Everbridge

MARSH
Blue Pillar

PARKS
SecureRF

PEROTTI
Plantronics

HOFFMAN
EastBanc

WATSON
Trendalyze

BENSONOFF
Unigma

SHAN
CTS

MATTELA
Redpine

GILLEN
Spark
Coginition

SOLT
Netvibes

BERNARDO
GE Digital

ROMANSKY
TrustPoint

BEAMER
GoTransverse

LESTER
LogMeIn

PONO
-MAREVA

Google

SINGH
Sencha

CALKINS
Amadeus

KLEIN
Rachio

HOASIN
Aeris

SARKARIA
PHEMI

SPROULE
Metavine

SNELL
Intel

LEVINE
CytexOne

ALLEN
Freewave

MCCALLUM
Falconstor

HYEDT
Seamless

@ThingsExpo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers Include

SCHULZ
Luxoft

TAMBURINI
Autodesk

MCCARTHY
Bsquare

THURAI
SaneIoT

TURNER
Cloudian

ENDO
Intrepid

NAKAGAWA
Transparent

SHIBATA
Transparent

LEVANT-LEVI
testRTC

VARAN NATH
GE

COOPER
M2Mi

SENAY
Teletax

SKEEN
Vitria

KOCHER
Grey Heron

GREENE
PubNub

MAGUIRE
HP

MATTHIEU
Octoblu

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LYNN
AgilData

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Cloudata

DUFOUR
Webroot

ROBERTS
Platform

JONES
Deep

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NICTA

NIELSEN
Redis

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DataArchon

KAHN
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LOPEZ
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KIM
MapR

BROMHEAD
Instaclustr

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CytexOne

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Solgenia

GORBACHEV
Intelligent
Systems

THYKATTIL
Navisite

TRELOAR
Bebaio

SIVARAMA-
KRISHNAN

Red Hat
Cloud Expo New York All-Star Speakers Included

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Cisco

POTTER
SafeLogic

ROBINSON
CompTIA

WARUSA
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WSO2 Inc

MEINER
Oracle

CHOU
Microsoft

HARRISON
Tufin

BRUNOZZI
VMware

KIM
MapR

KANE
Dyn

SICULAR
Basho

TURNER
Cloudian

KUMAR
Liaison

ADAMIAK
Liaison

KHAN
Solgenia

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

SUSSMAN
Coalfire

ISAACSON
RMS

LYNN
CodeFutures

HEABERLIN
Windstream

RAMA
MURTHY

Virtusa

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE MENO
CommVault

GRILLI
Adobe

WILLIAMS
Rancher Labs

CRISWELL
Alert Logic

COTY
Alert Logic

JACOBS
SingleHop

MARAVEI
Cisco

JACKSON
Softlayer

SINGH
IBM

HAZARD
Softlayer

GALLO
Softlayer

TAMASKAR
GENBAND

SUBRA
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Emcien

LEVESQUE
Windstream

IVANOV
StorPool

BLOOMBERG
Intellyx

BUDHANI
Soha

HATHAWAY
IBM Watson

TOLL
ProfitBricks

LANDRY
Microsoft

BEARFIELD
Blue Box

HERITAGE
Akana

PILUSO
SIASMSP

HOLT
IBM Cloudant

SHAN
CTS

PICCININNI
EMC

BRON-
GERSMA

Modulus

PAIGE
CenturyLink

SABHIKHI
Cognitive Scale

MILLS
Green House Data

KATZEN
CenturyLink

SLOPER
CenturyLink

SRINIVAS
EMC

TALREJA
Cisco

GORBACHEV
Systems Services Inc.

COLLISON
Apcera

PRABHU
OpenCrowd

LYNN
CodeFutures

SWARTZ
Ericsson

MOSHENKO
CoreOS

BERMINGHAM
SIOS

WILLIS
Stateless Networks

MURPHY
Gridstore

KHABE
Vicom

NIKOLOV
GetClouder

DIETZE
Windstream

DALRYMPLE
EnterpriseDB

MAZZUCCO
TierPoint

RIVERA
WHOA.com

HERITAGE
Akana

SEYMOUR
6fusion

GIANNETTO
Author

CARTER
IBM

ROGERS
Virtustream
Cloud Expo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers

TESAR
Microsoft

MICKOS
HP

BHARGAVA
Intel

RILEY
Riverbed

DEVINE
IBM

ISAACSON
CodeFutures

LYNN
HP

HINKLE
Citrix

KHAN
Solgenia

SINGH
Bigdata

BEACH
SendGrid

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE SOUZA
Cisco

PATTATHIL
Harbinger

O'BRIEN
Aria Systems

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

BIANCO
Solgenia

PROCTOR
NuoDB

DUGGAL
EnterpriseWeb

TEGETHOFF
Appcore

BRUNOZZI
VMware

HICKENS
Parasoft

KLEBANOV
Cisco

PETERS
Esri

GOLDBERG
Vormetric

CUMBER-
LAND

Dimension

ROSENDAHL
Quantum

LOOMIS
Cloudant

BRUNO
StackIQ

HANNON
SoftLayer

JACKSON
SoftLayer

HOCH
Virtustream

KAPADIA
Seagate

PAQUIN
OnLive

TSAI
Innodisk

BARRALL
Connected Data

SHIAH
AgilePoint

SEGIL
Verizon

PODURI
Citrix

COWIE
Dyn

RITTEN-
HOUSE

Cisco

FALLOWS
Kaazing

THYKATTIL
TimeWarner

LEIDUCK
SAP

LYNN
HP

WAGSTAFF
BSQUARE

POLLACK
AOL

KAMARAJU
Vormetric

BARRY
Catbird

MENDEN-
HALL

SUPERNAP

SHAN
KEANE

PLESE
Verizon

BARNUM
Voxox

TURNER
Cloudian

CALDERON
Advanced Systems

AGARWAL
SOA Software

LEE
Quantum

OBEROI
Concurrent, Inc.

HATEM
Verizon

GALEY
Autodesk

CAUTHRON
NIMBOXX

BARSOUM
IBM

GORDON
1Plug

LEWIS
Verizon

YEO
OrionVM

NAKAGAWA
Transparent Cloud Computing

SHIBATA
Transparent Cloud Computing

NATH
GE

GOKCEN
GE

STOICA
Databricks

TANKEL
Pivotal Software


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@ThingsExpo Blogs
This is the time of year when everyone makes his or her predictions for 2018. I have my predictions as well, but wanted to do something a bit more fun. So I thought I’d look backwards to the state of technology 50 years ago to gain some insights that we can use to make projections about 2018. That is, what “predictions” made in the 1950’s might tell us about 2018. However, it’s really hard to find predictions about the future made in the 1950’s. There was no Internet or Social Media or Reality TV, so I found the next best proxy…sci-fi movies! I decided to review the most popular sci-fi mo...
Our cities have been connected since the dawn of urbanization in the Indus Valley and on the plains of Mesopotamia nearly ten millennia ago. Cities exist to gather and connect people, bringing us together into communities and joint ventures that need complex networks of communication. But in recent years the connected city has come to mean something more. Today and in the future, the connected city will not just be about people connecting with people, but people with machines, people with people via machines, and perhaps most importantly, machines with machines.
The time of year when crystal balls get a viewing and many pundits put out their annual predictions for the coming year. Copying off since 2012, rather than thinking up my own, I figured I’d regurgitate what many others expect to happen. Top 10 Cyber Security Predictions for 2018 – Infosec Institute kicks off this year’s Top 10, Top 10 list with a look back at their 2017 predictions (AI, IoT, etc.) and dives head first into 2018 noting that Ransomware will be the most dangerous threat to organizations worldwide; cryptocurrency will attract fraudsters looking to mine; cloud security will (ag...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the development process, accelerating application delivery times, and ensuring that developers will become hero...
A strong declaration from a historically antagonist foe should put chills in the hearts of Americans preparing themselves for the world ahead: Russian President Vladimir Putin says the nation that leads in AI will be the ruler of the world [1]” … The ruler of the world! From the article (with some modification to avoid political landmines), we get the following: “The development of artificial intelligence has increasingly become a national security concern in recent years. It is China and the US (not Russia), which are seen as the two frontrunners, with China recently announcing its ambi...
This month, an AI (artificial intelligence) system passed a medical exam in China for the first time. I wonder how its bedside manner will be? In addition, Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a robot named Sophia. With all these rapid advancements, I think it is time we explore the spiritual life of robots. Up till recently, programmers coded and configured algorithms, AI, automation and machine learning system and took personal responsibility for all the code. Today, however, AI has escaped the confines of human oversight and has been empowered and employed to self-program, self-optimize, ...
Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have been the subject of much discourse in the last several years. They were widely anticipated in the gaming and entertainment industries, but in marketing and corporate settings, the benefits were murky at best. Today, these technologies are becoming more of a reality in all areas of business. For example, the new IKEA® shopping app leverages augmented reality to help shoppers determine how certain popular items will look in their homes – no trip to a crowded megastore necessary. Marriott® deployed virtual reality for customers to see its hot...
"Evatronix provides design services to companies that need to integrate the IoT technology in their products but they don't necessarily have the expertise, knowledge and design team to do so," explained Adam Morawiec, VP of Business Development at Evatronix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
As we end 2017, I’m tired of writing “lecturing” blogs about what organizations should be doing to master data monetization in order to power their business models and achieve digital transformation. While the objective of every organization should be to master big data and data science (artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning) to drive “data monetization,” let’s take a breath and have some fun. My recent ankle surgery afforded me the opportunity to binge watch “Game of Thrones.” As I watched the impending battle between the White Walkers and humanity, I couldn’t help but ...
For better or worse, big data has irrevocably altered the digital landscape. The explosion in variety, velocity, volume and value of information presents an abundance of previously unimaginable opportunity. But it also creates a number of challenges that need to be successfully navigated. This reshaped technical world poses the following question to organizations: do you risk presenting, stale, incorrect or erroneous data to your customers? Because, with 2.5 quintillion bytes of data now being created every day, finding a way to manage and harness such potential is a new experience for everyo...
Net Neutrality rules were originally enacted to ensure that all Americans would have equal access to a free and open Internet. We can argue about what Net Neutrality rules did and did not accomplish in a moment, but now I want to explore the most sensational of all the post–Net Neutrality fears: the death of the Internet. If you’re still reading, you know that the FCC voted to repeal Net Neutrality rules (aka the Open Internet) and replace it with the “Restoring Internet Freedom” order. The outcry from the Open Internet camp has been loud, hyperbolic, hypothetical, and mostly based on the fun...
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be looking at some significant engineering investment. On-demand, serverless computing enables deve...
“Why incur the expense of generating and collecting all of this IoT data if you’re not going to monetize it?” Organizations are racing to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) as the pundits create “visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads.” McKinsey Global Institute released their study “The Internet of Things: Mapping the Value beyond the Hype” in June 2015 that highlighted the staggering financial value that IoT could create! (See Figure 1.)
Recently I read somewhere this statement – As we end 2017 and look ahead to 2018, topics that are top of mind for data professionals are the growing range of data management mandates, including the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation that is directed at personal data and privacy, the growing role of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in enterprise applications, the need for better security in light of the onslaught of hacking cases, and the ability to leverage the expanding Internet of Things.
There is a war a-brewin’, but this war will be fought with wits and not brute strength. Ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declaration that “the nation that leads in AI (Artificial Intelligence) will be the ruler of the world,” the press and analysts have created hysteria regarding the ramifications of artificial intelligence on everything from public education to unemployment to healthcare to Skynet. Note: artificial intelligence (AI) endows applications with the ability to automatically learn and adapt from experience via interacting with the surroundings / environment. See the b...
What's disruptive innovation, and why does it matter to leaders in the C-suite? It's how the savvy non-conformist will target market opportunities. How does this happen, when established companies seem to have the advantage? Creative software developers can quickly apply new technologies and digital business models to capture untapped demand.

Moreover, the most disruptive new companies will eventually reshape entire industries, swiftly pushing aside the legacy incumbent players -- it's a form of Digital Darwinism. The global networked economy will blossom, thanks to the pervasive In...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Carl J. Levine, Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1, will objectively discuss how DNS is used to solve Digital Transformation challenges in large SaaS applications, CDNs, AdTech platforms, and other demanding use cases. Carl J. Levine is the Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1. A veteran of the Internet Infrastructure space, he has over a decade of experience with startups, networking protocols and Internet infrastructure, combined with the unique ability to iterate use cases, bring understanding to those seeking to explore complicated technical concepts and ...
22nd International Cloud Expo, taking place June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and co-located with the 1st DXWorld Expo will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises are using some form of XaaS – software, platform, and infras...
So data warehousing may not be cool anymore, you say? It’s yesterday’s technology (or 1990’s technology if you’re as old as me) that served yesterday’s business needs. And while it’s true that recent big data and data science technologies, architectures and methodologies seems to have rendered data warehousing to the back burner, it is entirely false that there is not a critical role for the data warehouse and Business Intelligence in digitally transformed organizations.