Predictions 2011

John Battelle's Searchblog

Let me know your thoughts in comments, and have a great 2011! In the eighth version of my annual predictions, I'll try to stay focused and clear, the better to score myself a year from now. And while I used the past two weeks of relatively fallow holiday time as a sort of marination period, the truth is I pretty much just sat down and banged these predictions out in one go, just as I have the past seven years. It works for me, and I hope you agree, or at least find them worth your time.

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The Story of the 2011 RSA Hack

Schneier on Security

Really good long article about the Chinese hacking of RSA, Inc. They were able to get copies of the seed values to the SecurID authentication token, a harbinger of supply-chain attacks to come. Uncategorized China cybersecurity hacking RSA supply chain

XDSpy APT remained undetected since at least 2011

Security Affairs

Researchers from ESET uncovered the activity of a new APT group, tracked as XDSpy, that has been active since at least 2011. XDSpy is the name used by ESET researchers to track a nation-state actor that has been active since at least 2011.

2011 Predictions: How Did I Do?

John Battelle's Searchblog

2011 was a strange year in many ways. Related: Predictions 2011. ( image ) For many years now I’ve made predictions, and for just as many years I review how I did. This is the week I do the reviewing, my predictions for 2012 should arrive around the New Year, assuming I find the right inspiration.

Just Shipped 2011

Daradiction

2011 was a BIG year for me. Saving the best for last, 2011 also got me into a very consistent meditation practice that gave me the energy and focus to generate these results. Somehow I got the idea in my head that it would be a good habit to generate a brief 'end of year' chronicle what I shipped for the year, and use it as the basis for reflection and celebration.

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The 2011 Web 2 Summit Program Is Live; My Highlights

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August is a month of vacation, of beaches, reading, and leisure.unless you happen to work with me creating the program for the eighth annual Web 2 Summit this October. Each year, my "summer vacation" turns into a "working vacation" as my team and I spend hours massaging more than 50 speakers into a tightly choreographed program running over what always turns out to be an extraordinary three days. I must be a masochist. Because I always love how it turns out.

CitySourced Presents at Cityworks User Conference Plenary 2011

Daradiction

Check out this short video of CitySourced Co-Founder Kurt Daradics presenting at the Cityworks 2011 User Conference in St. George, UT

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Vodafone discovered backdoors in Huawei equipment. But it was 2011.

Security Affairs

Bloomberg obtained Vodafone’s security briefing documents from 2009 and 2011 and spoke with people involved in the situation. Bloomberg revealed that once discovered the backdoors in home routers in 2011, Vodafone asked Huawei to address them. “We were made aware of historical vulnerabilities in 2011 and 2012 and they were addressed at the time. But it was 2011.

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CitySourced Presents at Cityworks User Conference Plenary 2011

Daradiction

Check out this short video of CitySourced Co-Founder Kurt Daradics presenting at the Cityworks 2011 User Conference in St. George, UT

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Top Searches of 2011 Start Coming In, and They Remain Vapid

John Battelle's Searchblog

Bing released its top searches of the year today, continuing the trend of presuming the year ends before December begins (watch for Yahoo and Google’s lists in the next week or so). Once again, the data is utterly uninspiring and shallow. I mean, did we really not know that the US is fascinated with celebrities and iPhones?

Kurt Daradics Video Presentation at 2011 Esri Partner Conference

Daradiction

In the video, Kurt Daradics, President & Co-Founder of CitySourced, shares the CitySourced vision to transform civic engagement by building mobile 311 applications on a SaaS platform

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CVE-2018-15919 username enumeration flaw affects OpenSSH Versions Since 2011

Security Affairs

Qualys experts discovered that OpenSSH is still vulnerable to Oracle attack, it is affected by the CVE-2018-15919 flaw at least since September 2011. Security experts from Qualys discovered that OpenSSH is still vulnerable to Oracle attack, it is affected by the CVE-2018-15919 flaw at least since September 2011. September 6, 2011) to the recently released 7.8

Kurt Daradics Video Presentation at 2011 Esri Partner Conference

Daradiction

In the video, Kurt Daradics, President & Co-Founder of CitySourced, shares the CitySourced vision to transform civic engagement by building mobile 311 applications on a SaaS platform

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Mexico Issues New Privacy Regulations Effective December 22, 2011

Hunton Privacy

On December 21, 2011, Mexico issued the final version of its Regulations of the Federal Law for the Protection of Personal Data Held by Private Parties ( Reglamento de la Ley Federal de Protección de Datos Personales en Posesión de los Particulares ). The regulations, which contain mostly minor changes to the prior draft that was released in October, will take effect on December 22, 2011.

Peruvian Privacy Law Expected by July 28, 2011

Hunton Privacy

On June 7, 2011, the Congress of the Republic of Peru passed the Personal Data Protection Law ( Ley de Protección de Datos Personales, Proyecto de Ley 4079/2009-PE). View a copy of the Personal Data Protection Law (in Spanish) as passed on June 7, 2011. The BNA Privacy Law Watch reports that Peruvian President Alan García is expected to sign the law before his term ends on July 28, 2011.

“We need some angry nerds”

John Battelle's Searchblog

Jonathan Zittrain has an important op ed up on Harvard’s site , and I hope all of you will go read it. It sums up many of the points that I hit as I write here at Searchblog, and that will enliven my next book What We Hath Wrought. Key points: Rising numbers of mobile, lightweight, cloud-centric devices don’t merely represent a change in form factor.

French Data Protection Authority Unveils its Goals for 2011 Inspections

Hunton Privacy

On April 26, 2011, the French Data Protection Authority (the “CNIL”) issued a press release unveiling its inspection goals for the coming year. In a report adopted on March 24, 2011, the CNIL indicated that it intends to conduct at least 400 inspections in France (100 more than the 2010 goal), with a special focus on the following issues: International Data Transfers.

The World In One Generation: Population Trends

John Battelle's Searchblog

In the vein of documenting how the world most likely will look one generate hence, my researcher and I have been taking a look at a number of key global drivers. One, of course, is how we govern ourselves (you can see posts on that topic here and here ). Another is global population. Working with data from the US Census Bureau and International Data Base , we’ve also overlayed some information from Internet World Stats , though for now, the fit is imperfect.

A Big Issue: Taking Control of Your Own Identity and Data – Sing.ly Founder Responds

John Battelle's Searchblog

If there was a theme to Day One at Web 2 Summit , it was this: We have to start taking control of our own identity and data. And this is not just because we might be worried about how the government or large platforms might use our data (though both issues certainly came up in talks with Chris Poole, Senator Ron Wyden, Genevieve Bell, and Sean Parker, among others).

Government By Numbers: Some Interesting Insights

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As part of the work I’m doing for my book, I’ve been working with my research manager, LeeAnn Prescott, staring at various charts and graphs related to how we’ve funded our “Commons” over the past half century or so. I’ve got a working hypothesis that we are in the process of transitioning very important portions of our “public lives” to private corporations, and that this transfer is related to our adoption of digital technologies and platforms.

Only Connect: Facebook, From The Eyes of an Old Newbie

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I recently joined Facebook. Have you heard of it? I know, I know, that sounds crazy, given that I’m “an Internet guy.” ” If you search for me on Google, say “ John Battelle Facebook ,” you see that I am already there , and that I have nearly 5000 “friends.” ” (The interplay between Google search and Facebook is worthy of an entire treatise, I’ll leave that for later).

Google = Google+

John Battelle's Searchblog

Earlier this week I participated in Google's partner conference , entitled Zeitgeist after the company's annual summary of trending topics. Deep readers of this site know I have a particular affection for the original Zeitgeist, first published in 2001. When I stumbled across that link, I realized I had to write The Search. The conference reminds me of TED , full of presentations and interviews meant to inspire and challenge the audience's thinking.

Looky Here, It's Me, In an Ad, On Facebook! Is This Legal? Allowed? Who Knows?!

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In the past 12 hours, about ten friends (and counting) have sent me a copy of this ad on Facebook for a company called "AppSumo." I have nearly 5000 "friends" on Facebook, a problem I've written about in the past , but seeing this ad threw me. Apparently, this is *not* part of Facebook's social ads, where people can buy ads targeting friends of particular people on third party sites - after all, this appears on Facebook.com.

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Twitter and the Ultimate Algorithm: Signal Over Noise (With Major Business Model Implications)

John Battelle's Searchblog

Note: I wrote this post without contacting anyone at Twitter. I do know a lot of folks there, and as regular readers know, have a lot of respect for them and the company. But I wanted to write this as a "Thinking Out Loud" post, rather than a reported article. There's a big difference - in this piece, I am positing an idea. It's entirely possible my lack of reporting will make me look like an uninformed boob.

On This Whole “Web Is Dead” Meme

John Battelle's Searchblog

The Web is dead again, at least, according to a widely covered speech by Forrester Research’s George Colony. Speaking at Le Web last week, Colony claimed that the HTML web is a poorly architected half step in the next, obvious progression of platforms: a hybrid between what we’ve come to know as the Web and the crippled chicletized place I’ve been calling AppWorld. In a stroke of nomenclature insight, Colony calls this new platform the App-Internet.

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Web 2 Map: The Data Layer - Visualizing the Big Players in the Internet Economy

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As I wrote last month , I'm working with a team of folks to redesign the Web 2 Points of Control map along the lines of this year's theme: " The Data Frame." In the past few weeks I've been talking to scores of interesting people, including CEOs of data-driven start ups (TrialPay and Corda, for example), academics in the public dataspace, policy folks, and VCs.

Whisperings of the Future Surround Us

John Battelle's Searchblog

Yesterday I met with Christopher Ahlberg , the PhD co-founder of Recorded Future , a company I noted in these pages back in mid-2010. Ahlberg is one of those rare birds you just know is making stuff that matters – a scientist, an entrepreneur, a tinkerer, and an enthusiast all wrapped into one. He ran me through Recorded Future’s technology and business model, and I found it impressive. In fact, I’m hoping I can employ it somehow into my book research.

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The World Is An Internet Startup Now

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( image ) Last night I got to throw a party, and from time to time, that's a pretty fun thing to do. To help us think through the program and theme of the Web 2 Summit this Fall, we invited a small group of influential folks in the Bay area to a restaurant in San Francisco, fed them drinks and snacks, and invited their input. Here are some pics if you want to see the crowd.). Nothing beats face to face, semi-serendipitous conversation.

The Internet Big Five

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As I work on the book, I’ve come to use a shorthand for five companies that I’ve determined are critical drivers of what kind of society we’ll be living in one generation from now. At the moment I’m focused on just Internet companies, though I also plan on looking at other categories, such as energy, food, and health. My terminology has evolved in the past week from “the Five Horsemen” to simply “The Big Five.”

We Need An Identity Re-Aggregator (That We Control)

John Battelle's Searchblog

The subject of "owning your own domain" has been covered to death in our industry, with excellent posts from Anil Dash , and others explaining the importance of having your own place on the web. I've also weighed in on the importance of " The Independent Web ," where creators have control, as opposed to the Dependent Web, where platforms ultimately control how your words, data, and expression are leveraged.

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You Are The Platform

John Battelle's Searchblog

A funny thing happens to me after each Web 2 Summit – I tend to curl up for a week or two and shut down my idea receptors. It takes a ton of output to curate the show, and then running it for three straight days is rather like running an intellectual and social marathon.

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Plato On Facebook

John Battelle's Searchblog

One of my first "big books" out of college was James Gleick's Chaos: Making a New Science and it still resonates with me, though it's been so long I think I'm due for a re-read. In any case, the next book up in my ongoing self-education is Gleick's The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. It's long. It's dense. It's good, so far.

No, In Fact, We Haven't Seen This Movie Before

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Thanks to monster private financings from Groupon and Facebook, as well as the promise of major IPOs from Demand, LinkedIn, Zynga and others, the predictable "watch out, here we go again" buzz is rising up in the press. This article from Ad Age, subtitled "With Billion-Dollar Dot-com Valuations Back in a Big Way, It's Time for Alarm Bells to Start Ringing," is typical of the bunch.

Why Color Matters: Augmented Reality And Nuanced Social Graphs May Finally Come of Age

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I read with interest about Color , a new social photo app that was much in the news today. The main angle of coverage was the size of the pre-revenue company's funding - $41 million from Sequoia and Bain. Hell, the company isn't just pre-revenue, it's pre-product.at least for now. Tomorrow the actual product launches. If it works as advertised, it may well be the first truly execution of augmented reality that truly scales. I for one hope it works.

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A Report Card on Web 2 and the App Economy

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As I noted earlier in the week , I had the opportunity to speak at a GM conference today. I was asked to peer into the future of the "app world," and deliver any divinations I might discover. I like a challenge like this, as it forces me to weave any number of slender threads of my current thinking into a more robust and compact narrative. Below is an updated version of a slide I presented today.

What We Hath Wrought: The Book

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A year later, in 2011, I didn't even bother writing about the book in my predictions, because I knew I'd be working on it by mid year. (Image: Samuel Morse, source Wikipedia). Sometime today the following blurb was sent to the book publishing trade press: Author of The Search , co-founder of Wired , founder of Federated Media, Inc., and Executive Producer of the Web 2.0

TextPlus Adds Free Calling – Watch This Space

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A couple of weeks ago I met with the CEO of TextPlus, and wrote up my experience here. I mentioned he has some news coming, and this is it: TextPlus, which is a popular free text messaging service, is launching free calling between TextPlus members today. Calling to regular lines is pretty cheap to boot (like 99 cents for 40 minutes). Why am I writing this up? Because it makes me wonder… TextPlus is a fast growing service that is leveraged over the Apple iOS world I call AppWorld.

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Watch This Space: The Next Generation of "Social Networks" Won't Look Like Facebook.

John Battelle's Searchblog

Lately in talks and private conversations, I've been thinking out loud about the role of Facebook in our lives. It's an extraordinary service (and company), and deserves its extraordinary valuation. But its approach to our "social graph" is limiting, as I and others have pointed out quite a bit. While in Mexico I had the chance to sit with a couple of entrepreneurs who have an idea I feel is deeply *right* about social networking, and it couldn't be further from how Facebook works today.

What Role Government?

John Battelle's Searchblog

( image ) As I begin to dig into the work of my next book, I’ve found myself thinking about politics and government far more than I anticipated. For initial thoughts and stats, see Government By Numbers: Some Interesting Insights ). While the body politic was always going to be one of the main pillars of the book , I didn’t expect it to push itself to the foreground so quickly. Certainly the Occupy Wall St. movement is partially responsible, but there’s more going on than that.