Co-Founder and Co-Curator
Crisis Mappers Net
The truth at any cost lowers all other costs
Co-Founder and Co-Curator
Crisis Mappers Net
Douglas Rushkoff has been an authority on the intersection of technology and culture since before the word “google” was anything more than baby talk. He predicted the coming centrality of the Internet (CYBERIA, 1992 – a book initially canceled by a publisher who feared the net would be over by the time it came out); he coined the terms “viral media” (MEDIA VIRUS, 1994) and “social currency” (Upside Magazine, 1996); he forecasted the collapse of the dotcom bubble (SXSW, 1997) and the most recent recession in a 2004 column that later became his book, LIFE INC; he even inspired today’s code literacy movement (PROGRAM OR BE PROGRAMMED, 2010). He is the author of a total of twelve bestsellers (translated to over thirty languages), the host of three award-winning documentaries, an award-winning educator and frequent media commentator.
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In 1997, David S. Isenberg wrote an essay entitled, “The Rise of the Stupid Network: Why the Intelligent Network Was a Good Idea Once But Isn’t Anymore.” In it, Dr. Isenberg, then a distinguished member of technical staff at AT&T Laboratories, examined the technological bases of the existing telecom business model, laid out how the communications business would be changed by new technologies, foresaw today’s cataclysms, and imagined tomorrow’s new network.
The essay was released onto the Internet and found its way into the hands of The Wall Street Journal, Network World, and George Gilder’s Technology Report. Of the essay, The Wall Street Journal said, “it may soon assume cult status among the tech mavens that roam the World Wide Web.” Communications Week International said that the essay, “packed power [and] challenged the most sacred assumptions of the telecom world.” Inevitably, the essay found wider acceptance outside of AT&T than within it, and David Isenberg left AT&T to start the company isen.com, Inc., whose mission was to help telecommunications companies navigate from business models based on scarcity, towards new models formed by the abundance of communications infrastructure.
David S. Isenberg’s public delivery of the “Stupid Network” message is passionate and personal. He has spoken to over 100 audiences on three continents, and has been cited in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, Wired, Business 2.0, Communications Week International, Network World, Release 1.0, Gilder Technology Report, TheStreet.com, Nikkei Communications, and numerous other publications. He has authored articles for Fortune, USA Today, IEEE Spectrum, MSNBC, Communications Week International, Light Reading, Business 2.0, America’s Network, VON Magazine, and ACM Networker.
Dr. Isenberg holds a Ph.D. in biology from Caltech, and is a Fellow of Glocom, the Institute for Global Communications of the International University of Japan. He is a founding advisor of the World Technology Network, and was a judge for the World Communications Awards in 1999 and 2001.
The truth at any cost lowers all other costs. My mission is to help any individual or organization create sustainable wealth by achieving intelligence (decision-support) with integrity (holistic analytics, true cost economics, open source everything engineering).
We can — we must — create a prosperous world at peace by liberating ourselves from corruption, lies, secrecy, and waste. Enough!
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I am available to serve as a consultant, speaker, moderator, coach, workshop organizer across a very wide range of topics. I am a pioneer in the information operations and applied information technology arenas. My current focus is on the intersection of holistic analytics, true cost economics, and open source everything engineering. Read my Background Paper to the United Nations for a high-level view of possibilities.
I have spoken all over the world and across America (19 cities and towns) to groups from 10 to over 1,000. If desired, I can speak to any of my nine books, the two most recent being The Open Source Everything Manifesto and Intelligence for Earth, both available at a 50% discount when bought by the case from the publisher
As the pro bono CEO of Earth Intelligence Network (EIN), I offer my time free, asking only for expenses and a donation to EIN.
As an individual consultant I work on a 1099 basis. My speciality areas as a consultant include Collaborative Decision Making, Experiential Learning Systems, Data Collection and Intelligence Systems Remediation (including Big Data myths and mis-practices), and Executive Coaching for High Performance and Sustainable Development. A high-level view of the commercial value of my perspective is offered here: RETHINKING PROSPERITY 1.4.
Email me directly at robert.david.steele.vivas [at] gmail [dot] com.
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International Praise (Book Jacket Blurbs)
Robert Steele is unusual for an American…he is clearly internationalist in his orientation. He has written a book that can bring us together in facing our greatest enemies: ignorance, poverty, and mistrust.
Rear Admiral Hamit Gulemre Aybars, Turkish Navy (Retired)
Robert Steele’s vision for the future of intelligence is clearly “internationalist” in nature. It focuses on regional partnerships…and on the value of open source intelligence collection.
Rear Admiral Dr. Sigurd Hess, DE N(Ret), Former Chief of Staff, Allied Command Baltic Approaches
Constantly committed to truth and honesty, [his work] demonstrates his ability to grasp the real issues and to take into account the views and concerns of men of good will from all nations and all cultures.
Admiral Pierre Lacoste, French Navy (Ret), Former Director of Foreign Intelligence (DSGE)
Robert Steele goes well beyond the original visions of the best of the Directors of Central Intelligence, and has crafted a brilliant, sensible, and honorable future for the intelligence profession.
Major General Oleg Kalugin, KGB (Ret), former Elected Deputy to the Russian Parliament
Over a broad canvas reflecting the changing nature of information and information technologies, Robert Steele lays the foundation for the future of e-intelligence.
Commodore Patrick Tyrrell, OBE, Royal Navy, United Kingdom
Few have thought as deeply or imaginatively about such questions as a super-smart [now sixty-one]-year old former Marine and intelligence officer named Robert D. Steele…
Alvin & Heidi Toffler, War & Anti-War: Survival at the Dawn of the 21st Century
Steele consistently has been well ahead of the pack in his appreciation for everything from open source research to the implications of technology…his work thrills with its insights and ideas.
Ralph Peters, Fighting for the Future: Will America Triumph?
Robert Steele is about 100 times as smart and 10,000 times as dangerous as the best of the hackers, for he is successfully hacking the most challenging of bureaucracies…for the right reasons.
Bruce Sterling in Hacker Crackdown: Law and Order on the Electronic Frontier
Steele’s concept is simple: Empower the citizen and private sector to gather and analyze intelligence so that we can make informed decisions [using] Open Source Intelligence gathering [that] is faster, smarter, cheaper…
Robert Young Pelton, author, World’s Most Dangerous Places, producer, Come Back Alive
Robert Steele deserves our admiration and our focused attention for bringing the idea of open source information to the fore. His passion to serve the nation by developing this new approach…is exemplary.
Lieutenant General Patrick Hughes, U.S. Army (Retired)
Former Director, Defense Intelligence Agency
Robert Steele storms into the core of intelligence issues without fear. The scope of his work is impressive and whether you agree with him or not, you cannot ignore what he says.
The Honorable Richard Kerr
Former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence
Profiles of Steele by Others:
Robert David STEELE Vivas [Vivas is the Latino matronymic] is the intellectual and spiritual practitioner leader of the third era of the craft of intelligence [decision-support], advancing the craft of intelligence far beyond the first era of secret war and the second era of strategic analytics over-whelmed by clandestine and covert programs never intended by President Harry Truman.
Specifically focused on open source everything and the role of transparency, truth, and trust in creating resilient and sustainable hybrid governance rooted in sharing information and collaborative multinational sense-making, he seeks to unify and harmonize the eight communities that together create the “intelligence commons:” academia, civil society, commerce, government, law enforcement, media, military, and non-governmental/non-profit.
Robert David STEELE Vivas is the academic and practitioner pioneer picking up for Buckminster Fuller, Russell Ackoff, and John N. Warfield, among others, advancing reflexive practice and whole systems analytics to create Smart Nations, the World Brain, and the Global Game. As the foremost practioner-critic of wasteful and ineffective secret intelligence sources and methods (while still respecting the need for focused accountable secrecy), and as one of the foremost critics of organizational fraud, waste, and abuse — characterizing any falsehood or corrupt act as “sand in the gears” of a complex delicate whole system — he has led the creation of the Strategic Analytic Model and pioneered the concepts for hybrid forms of panarchy in which all minds are linked to all information in all languages all the time, allowing for the harnessing of collective intelligence and wisdom.
Best known outside the world of intelligence for his defense of hackers as pioneers on the bleeding edge full of the “right stuff,” and as the champion for “Open Source Everything” (OSE) he is also the comprehensive architect for electoral, intelligence, governance, and national security reform through the practice of reality-based decision making that is characterized by intelligence applied with absolute integrity, while calling for a completely transparent process of Multinational, Multiagency, Multidsiciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making (M4IS2).
Robert David STEELE Vivas is a former Marine Corps infantry officer and then a CIA clandestine case officer (spy) against extremist targets including terrorist groups; the senior civilian founder of the Marine Corps Intelligence Center; author of many other seminal works relevant to commercial and civil society decision-support; an honorary hacker, and the number one non-fiction reviewer at Amazon.com. He is highly skilled at program builds from scratch, documenting requirements, outlining human, technical, and other capabilities needed, and doing all the justification documentation from Service level to Congressional Budget Justification Book (CBJB).
As CEO of OSS.Net, Inc. Robert has worked with the U.S. Special Operations Command and other regional commands; with the Department of State, the United Nations, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, with EUROPOL, INTERPOL, and Scotland Yard; and with over 7,500 mid-career officers from across 66 countries attracted to his annual training conferences on real-world intelligence. In 2006, inspired by the report of the UN High-Level Threat Panel, he created and funded Earth Intelligence Network, a 501c3, and organized 23 others in creating the Strategic Analytic Model for creating a prosperous world at peace. He shut down OSS.Net, Inc. at the end of 2008, closing it legally at the end of 2010, and is at this time devoted to creating public intelligence in the public interest as the CEO (pro bono) of Earth Intelligence Network. He is available for assignment and globally mobile.
Robert grew up overseas as the son of an oil engineer, spending a decade in the Caribbean and South America and another decade in Asia before returning to the USA for college and his first graduate degree. After joining the Marine Corps as an infantry officer, and service over time in the infantry and as an S-1/Adjutant, he joined the CIA’s clandestine service and served in three overseas tours as a clandestine case officer or operations officer, one of the first to be assigned terrorists as a full time target. After three additional tours at CIA HQS, in counterintelligence, advanced information technology operations, and advanced national technical collection operations, he was asked by the Marine Corps to return to serve as the senior civilian responsible for creating the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity. This is where he realized that that the national secret intelligence world is an empty shell, largely useless and certainly not worth what we pay for it. From here he became a champion of Open Source Intelligence (“do not send a spy where a schoolboy can go”), and began a decade of service helping 66+ governments get a grip on what could be known legally and ethically, at very low cost, in 183 languages we do not speak. His comprehensive overview of the flaws within secret intelligence, and his agenda for reform, are offered in ON INTELLIGENCE: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World, with a Foreword from immediate past Chairman of the Senate Select Committee for Intelligence David Boren (D-OK). His second book, The New Craft of Intelligence, includes a Foreword by SSCI Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS).
Robert David STEELE Vivas is a natural-born citizen of the USA (a son of New York and decades long resident of Virginia) who ran for President briefly, accepted by the Reform Party as a candidate for their nomination. Working with many others he created We the People Reform Coalition to aggregate the very best ideas from all sides. Using his status as a candidate he connected with every single other candidate from Ron Paul to Rocky Anderson. All of them, without exception, refused to come together around the central issue of our Republic, electoral reform. Today he continues to believe that Electoral Reform is the one demand that the public must make in order to restore intelligence and integrity to the US Government. Absent Electoral Reform, the USA is not a fully-functional democracy and generally does not represent the public interest across any of the policy domains. ELECTION 2008: Lipstick on the Pig, explores the substance of governance, legitimate grievances, and other aspects of doing democracy with integrity.
Top-Level Collected Contributions
In His Own Words
Open Source Intelligence & Everything
Electoral Reform, Governance & Intelligence
SPY IMPROV at Hackers on Planet Earth
Vea Tambien (Steele in Spanish):
Reach him at robert.david.steele.vivas [at] gmail [dot] com.
James Vasile, Counsel to the Software Freedom Law Foundation, holds a Juris Doctor (JD) from Columbia Law School, where he was a member of the law review and a Stone Scholar. He also has a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Fordham University. He spent several years in the litigation department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he worked on a range of cases and dealt with a variety of new media issues. Vasile has also contributed code and documentation to numerous FOSS software projects. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.
He is a principal member of the team that conceived the Freedom Box (first briefed to Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) in 2010) and is now forming under the leadership of Eben Moglen, to create the software that will displace CISCO and other “closed box” routers while also being much more than a router–it will be the foundation of the Freedom Stack.
Aaron Huslage has been hacking on Internet technologies since 1987.
Aaron has been a thought leader in the Internet industry since 1993. His greatest talent lies in communicating highly technical information to those who aren’t highly technical.
He constantly researches new and emerging technologies and the latest system management techniques with an emphasis on very large-scale, low-cost, simple mobile, wireless and public interest communications.
Aaron is a member of the organizing committee for O’Reilly’s Emerging Telephony Conference. He is intimately familiar with Sun Microsystems offerings, and heavily committed to the concept of Open Everything including OpenBTS.
He has managed large server farms for Microsoft, Major League Baseball and has consulted with some of the largest companies on the Internet. He founded Aidphone Disaster Relief, supported Amsoft Identity Systems (Equals.com), and has been engaged with Red Hat Software, IBM Global Services, and Collective Technologies, among others.
Douglas Rushkoff (born 18 February 1961) is an American media theorist, writer, columnist, lecturer, graphic novelist and documentarian. He is best known for his association with the early cyberpunk culture, and his advocacy of open source solutions to social problems.