Getting to a brave new world, by fixing problems of the old world…

Those doomed to relive history over and over. It is a problem that occurs frequently. One that I guess is sad in the sense that it could be avoided. But one that isn’t in the end sad, rather short sighted. It becomes a sad testament to vision gone wrong.

Anyway, enough of what once was. Time to move on. I’ve been looking over a bunch of training materials recently and I have discovered something. I talked about the creation of what I called the EduVerse in my book The Syncverse. It is the presence of things like dedicated services to improve education around the world that will be the true of the information age.

Security experts, as they should, are warning us that the rise of IoT devices, will cause security problems. They are 100% correct. If you watched shows like Person of Internet or movies like Hackers and War Games, the potential for devices taking over the world is there. If we consider the potential presented and the risk presented IoT has a long way to go, before it takes over.

Yes, a hacker can control a number of devices. Through malware and other malicious software devices can become repurposed to a new modality. A new mode of functioning. But we also have to consider the missing pieces that will plague us regardless of malicious IoT infestations. Personally I think the easy solution comes from The Syncverse and from the broader City Broker concept. Where cities in building out a cloud broker offering. Offer security as well. By security I mean that there is a cost for people to connect to an ISP that goes directly to the City Broker. That cost is for maintenance of a black box that sits between the home router, and the Internet connection to the ISP. The broker can then maintain the security of your home network and given a large enough issue they can help with patches and additional support.

This would reduce the calls from the Windows Support Team, and the Central Windows Computer team radically. It would also reduce the exposure of organizations to users. The largest security risk that companies face today is not that hacked IoT device outside the office. It is the user that walks through the security gate with full access. With a network logon and an ID and no idea that someone else is watching.

People are always the biggest security risk. That goes double in the world of today. That’s why the concept of the EduVerse is critical. A system where teachers can work together and share/find information in any language. Helping students make the transition from refugee to citizen without hopefully stooping at radicalized terrorist along the way. In the Eduverse there were a number of critical concepts. The first was the creation of a global shared knowledge system for teachers and educators around the world. Sharing great lesson plans and great ideas with teachers around the world. I know something like that works, for many years I ran such a place. It was called the Society of Dead teachers and with over 15000 members around the world, we shared lessons, idea and ways to solve problems locally from a global perspective. It works and it can work again.

It is about building communities. It is one piece of a system that I have built before and partially documented in my book Inter-Generational Knowledge transfer. In that book I began looking at different ways to solve the many problems of Knowledge Systems. I’ve heard the many arguments about building them (knowledge Systems) that in effect you have to boil the ocean. I can tell you that isn’t true. You have to do one thing, break the expert culture.

Experts are the most and least important thing every company has. They are the most important thing because they have blocker knowledge. Information only they process and therefore information you can only get from them. That is critical information. But they, experts, in the expert culture use that blocker as the way to keep their role critical. Breaking the expert culture takes time. It requires a system that celebrates the right answer, documents that answer and moves on. Such a place could be built. I detailed parts of how in my Inter-Generational knowledge transfer book, and parts in The Syncverse. Email me if you want more details of how you can implement such a system.

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It can be done…