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Expect to Hear About How Social Tech Enabled Self Relief in Sandy

by French Caldwell  |  October 31, 2012  |  2 Comments

I expect to hear a lot of stories about social technology keeping people connected in the aftermath of Sandy — just as after Katrina.  However, I am also expecting these stories to take a twist — we will hear about how neighbors organized self-relief efforts using social media. Social media has been playing a part […]


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One Week Left to the Rockefeller Cybersecurity Deadline — CEOs, What Do You Want To Do?

by French Caldwell  |  October 12, 2012  |  Comments Off

In the last week I’ve had two calls with companies deciding how to respond to the cybersecurity letter that Sen. Rockefeller sent to the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.  The deadline to respond is 19 October. CEOs are not required to respond, and with the demise of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, it’s tempting not […]

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Make a Statement on the Proposed Google Privacy Consent Order

by French Caldwell  |  March 31, 2011  |  Comments Off

Shortly the Federal Trade Commission will publish in the Federal Register a proposed consent order as part of a settlement with Google with respect to privacy audits. The consent order comes about because of Google violating its own Gmail privacy policies when it launched Google Buzz. According to the FTC press release: The proposed settlement […]

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WikiLeaks, Twitter and the Risks to Political Order

by French Caldwell  |  February 8, 2011  |  1 Comment

Arguably if you are an authoritarian leader who is threatened to be deposed, you view social media that your opponents use to organize protests as a threat.  On the other hand, if your supporters can use it to organize counter-protests, then you might see it as an opportunity — perhaps this explains why Egyptians saw […]

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Crisis Management Is What You Do When Risk Management Fails

by French Caldwell  |  January 21, 2011  |  Comments Off

In the drugstore the other day, my wife was searching for Tylenol Cold and Flu.  She insists that’s the only thing that works when she has a cold and with the onset of winter she wanted to make sure the medicine cabinet was stocked.  We searched and searched, but where almost any Tylenol product was […]

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Spy vs Spy — China and Google

by French Caldwell  |  January 13, 2010  |  9 Comments

So how about that Google — they’ve finally come back to their core principle: Do No Evil. Not so fast, though.  With both Google and China, what’s on the surface is not what’s really happening. So, some speculation on Google’s new approach to China — and remember this is just purely personal speculation — and […]


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Mind the Gap on Executive Pay

by French Caldwell  |  January 11, 2010  |  1 Comment

In the heyday that preceded the crash, banks did not take the public sentiment about huge bonuses seriously, but what’s surprising is that since the crash they haven’t figured out a way to reward risk takers without risking their reputations.  When the gap between public expectations of corporate behavior, and the actions taken by corporations […]

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Systemic Risk? Too Big to Fail May Mean Too Big to Exist!

by French Caldwell  |  March 11, 2009  |  3 Comments

Yesterday, in a speech before the Council of Foreign Relations, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke used “systemic” or “systemically” 35 times! When talking about systemic risks he referred to risks that affect the financial system and financial markets broadly; he also used systemic to refer to institutions whose sole failure due to their size […]


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