Robert Steele: Intelligence 101 – The Series

Categories: Advanced Cyber/IO
Robert Steele

Robert Steele

This is the original series created in 2004 for the Military Intelligence Academy in Italy, where Carol Dumaine then on active duty with CIA also offered two excellent lectures rooted in her Global Futures Partnership concept. I sense that the tide is turning — there is now a willingness among some policy makers and select senior professionals to reconsider their premises and their processes. In 1995 Bob Gates spoke immediately after me at a French national conference. After my remarks he strode up to the podium, sniffed, and said “I’m not going to touch that.” Today Bob Gates sounds like me — I find that both troubling and interesting. If ever America needed intelligence with integrity, now is that time.

 

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Oct 31

Worth a Look: PediaCities

logo pediacitiesPedia Cities Core Value: Data Wrangling in Geospatial Context

We offer three types of data wrangling services: data cleaning, data enrichment, and data gathering. Our team will work with you to evaluate your data needs and develop a package of services to maximize the usefulness of your data.

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Oct 31

Jack Davis: Role of the Intelligence Professional — Doctor, Lawyer .. Teacher … Priest?

Jack Davis

Jack Davis

Jack Davis, dean of analysts and integrity czar for the CIA, was recognized today with a lifetime achievement award from the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAIE), Dr. Bill Spracher Chapter Chair presiding. After laudatory anecdotes from several senior members, Jack offered a few comments centered around his learning over time that intelligence professionals must not only be doctors to the policy client, but lawyers as well. Implicit in his remarks and his lifetime of service as a trusted briefer was a third role, that of  teacher. During the Q&A he was asked about a fourth role, positing a corrupt government, that of priest.

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Oct 30

Patrick Meier: Humans – Flash Crowds — Sense and Make Sense Master than Machines — the Earthquake Example … Extreme Democracy Next?

Categories: Advanced Cyber/IO
Patrick Meier

Patrick Meier

Using Flash Crowds to Automatically Detect Earthquakes & Impact Before Anyone Else

It is said that our planet has a new nervous system; a digital nervous system comprised of digital veins and intertwined sensors that capture the pulse of our planet in near real-time. Next generation humanitarian technologies seek to leverage this new nervous system to detect and diagnose the impact of disasters within minutes rather than hours. To this end, LastQuake may be one of the most impressive humanitarian technologies that I have recently come across. Spearheaded by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC), the technology combines “Flashsourcing” with social media monitoring to auto-detect earthquakes before they’re picked up by seismometers or anyone else.

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Oct 27

Stephen E. Arnold: Connotate on Data Supply Chain — Could Commerce Be Ready for “Real” Intelligence Cycle?

Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

Connotate on the Importance of a Data Supply Chain

Here’s a new spin on scraping and parsing from Connotate’s blog, Web Data Insider. The recent emphasis on predictive analytics has writer Laura Teller discussing “The Data Supply Chain… and Why You Should Get One.” She reminds us that businesses now do much more with data than they used to. In fact, she asserts, any company that invests in data analytics possesses a critical advantage. Of course, as a prominent web-data extraction firm, Connotate does have a dog in this fight; at the same time, Teller has a point—for many businesses, especially larger ones, data analytics can be an indispensable tool.

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Oct 27

Jean Lievens: The sharing economy – make it sustainable

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

The sharing economy: make it sustainable

Damien Demailly; Anne-Sophie Novel

Studies N°03/2014. Iddri, 2014. 32 p.

Is the sharing economy a tool for ecological transition? The main objective of this report is to analyse the environmental potential of the sharing economy, considered in its full diversity, and the conditions for the realization of this potential.

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Oct 25

Jean Lievens: 8 ways Big Data helps improve global water and food security

Categories: Advanced Cyber/IO
Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

8 ways Big Data helps improve global water and food security

Experts from around the world gathered in Seattle this week at the Water for Food Global Conference to discuss ways to harness this data revolution in agriculture. Hosted by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska in association with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the conference focused on mobilizing Big Data to improve global water and food security. With that in mind, here are eight ways Big Data is helping to create a more water- and food-secure world.

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Oct 24