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If you haven’t discovered The Internet Map yet I recommend checking it out.  Each one of the circles represents a domain, short for domain name, within the Internet (or Cyber Domain).  The larger the circle the higher amount of traffic the website receives. As users switch between websites they forms links.  The stronger the link, the closer the websites are arrange to each other.  Make sure you allot enough time to explore this vast map but take note of a few things while you’re enjoying the hard work the creator put in to the visual rendering.

  • Check out the big circles first (obviously - its like missing Jupiter in our Solar System)
  • Dive deep and check out the tiny circles (it isn’t necessary to enter the Deep Web or start up Tor, but roam around and look at some of the smaller stuff domains)
  • Look at where the big circles exist (e.g. Baidu.com which is popular in China)
  • Examine the extension type (e.g. com, net, tv, info, etc.)
  • Discover the importance and focus on language specific sites (e.g. “cn” for China, “fr” for France, etc.)

There have been many advances that have played significant key roles in how we, average end users, “see” the Internet.  One of the major thing that changes how end users ingest the Internet is dependent a sites allowances for multilingual pages.  Having content in multiple languages is nothing new but the importance being placed on it has definitely increased.

There is a balance though before you start adding countless languages to your site.  The technology advancing translation applications like  is moving faster then most believe.  So unless you are up in the 6-7 figure range with your domain or website(s) there is probably little benefit to having your content translated for you in today’s market.

[via The Internet Map]

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If you’re like me you’re looking to make things a bit easier at home but at the same time make utility costs lower while not breaking the bank to do it.  Enter the Belkin WeMo into the home automation arena.  The WeMo Switch ($50) provides the ability to activate lights or any electronic device to turn on or off on a schedule it provides what we immediately expect from a simple device.  But the Belkin WeMo goes further.  It has the capability of motion sensing, WeMo Switch + Motion ($100), which will activate desired devices and lights as a family member enters a room and transitions through the others (with multiple WeMos).  Obviously this is most immediately applicable to lighting applications or even area fans to cool down a house but you could use it to kill off vampire power devices (the power plugs and other items that simply consume power when not in use yet plugged in).

If you don’t desire to place these items on a set schedule you can have full control over them via the iOS application which allows you to remotely turn WeMo’d devices on or off from your iPhone or iPad.  This network ability then provides some additional features with IFTTT (If This Then That).  This allows for notification via email when the motion sensing capability of WeMo is activated with something like a front door light or even the IFTTT Weather Channel interaction to determine sunset/sunrise and the activation of WeMo’d lights.

From this Cyber Fellows perspective this is an excellent step toward the internet of things.  What I’d like to see WeMo integrated with Belkin’s Conserve devices to provide power analytics.  This would then allow for an automation and control function on top of the power analytics (Air Conditioning just turned on when no one is home).  I’m surprised I didn’t see this at CES even though it was there; what I did notice is the numerous devices and companies that are getting into home device automation so Belkin will need to be innovative to stay ahead of the pack in this area.

[via Belkin]

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I remember hearing Oracle’s President and Chief Financial Officer Safra Catz speak a few years ago at a conference I was able to attend.  If you’re not familiar with her she happens to be one of the highest, if not the highest, compensated women in the world.  Aside from that fact she works for the co-founder of Oracle Larry Ellison; it in itself not an easy task she noted.  What struck me immediately in her description of operations at Oracle was the “independent operations” that each geographically separated division of the company was doing.  Having arrived in 1999 at Oracle she noted that it was effectively divisional chaos; divisions doing similar non-coordinated things all over with little contribution toward building upon the large corporate strategy.  Larry had brought Safra on at Oracle to fix this massive problem.

As I listened I couldn’t help but feel that this issue having been recognized at Oracle in the early part of the last decade had not been faced or embraced within the U.S. Government.  I could only identify a few examples in our Military and even less withing the U.S. Navy.  But this was during the time when taxpayer money flowed at a much faster and less scrutinized rate than that of 2012.  With this context I’m ecstatic to see the release of the Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People by the U.S. Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Immediately in the introduction the US-CIO identifies the major issue the USG traditionally struggles with:

Early mobile adopters in government—like the early web adopters—are beginning to experiment in pursuit of innovation Some have created products that leverage the unique capabilities of mobile devices. Others have launched programs and strategies and brought personal devices into the workplace. Absent coordination, however, the work is being done in isolated, programmatic silos within agencies.

The Digital Strategy Objectives:

  • Enable the American people and an increasingly mobile workforce to access high-quality digital government information and services anywhere, anytime, on any device.
  • Ensure that as the government adjusts to this new digital world, we seize the opportunity to procure and manage devices, applications, and data in smart, secure and affordable ways.
  • Unlock the power of government data to spur innovation across our Nation and improve the quality of services for the American people.

The technologists have finally taken hold within the USG.  The Digital Strategy Principles are based on:

  • An “Information-Centric” approach—Moves us from managing “documents” to managing discrete pieces of open data and content17 which can be tagged, shared, secured, mashed up and presented in the way that is most useful for the consumer of that information.
  • A “Shared Platform” approach—Helps us work together, both within and across agencies, to reduce costs, streamline development, apply consistent standards, and ensure consistency in how we create and deliver information.
  • A “Customer-Centric” approach—Influences how we create, manage, and present data through websites, mobile applications, raw data sets, and other modes of delivery, and allows customers to shape, share and consume information, whenever and however they want it.
  • A platform of “Security and Privacy”—Ensures this innovation happens in a way that ensures the safe and secure delivery and use of digital services to protect information and privacy.

The remainder of the document puts forth the more detailed aspect of each of these objective and how the principles should be implemented.  It should open the eyes of the digital immigrants within the USG.  With any new strategy this will take time for the USG as a whole to migrate toward.  I simply wish that this would have received this amount of attention and backing when the USG could have avoided these extreme budget conditions.  Imagine if this would have been released in 2008; the USG would be in a lot better condition both in the realm of information and fiscal effectiveness.  The technology was there then… apparently we had our priorities a bit misaligned.

[via CIO.gov]

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