Category: innovation

Google, Facebook, and frickin’ Laser Beams

I have such a complicated relationship with Google and Facebook that I sometimes find it hard to write about them.  I don’t mean complicated in the sense of conflict of interest although it is true that one of the organisations...

/ 28 April 2014

Why Bill Gates is Wrong About Project Loon

In a recent interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Bill Gates took issue with long time competitor Google and their plans to create an alternative communication infrastructure using balloons (Project Loon). He says: When you’re dying of malaria, I suppose you’ll look...

/ 11 August 2013

The Open Data Cart and Twin Horses of Accountability and Innovation

Let me start by saying that the ideals of the Open Data movement: transparency; accountability; and, citizen innovation, are ones that I hold near to my heart.  Further, I admire and respect many of the leaders of the Open Data...

/ 19 June 2013

What Google Should Do In Africa

Inspired by the recent successful launch of the Television White Spaces pilot in South Africa, I am once again tempted to engage in providing  mostly unsolicited advice about what Google’s strategy in Africa ought to be.  What I want to...

/ 2 April 2013
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Everyday Internet Miracles

Imagine for a minute that you’ve just bought a new stove. The old stove just wasn’t doing all you needed so you’ve bought a new German-engineered stove. It’s Saturday morning and you’ve managed to get the stove in place, it...

/ 9 December 2011