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My month long visit to the UK winds down today. I travel back to the PNW tomorrow and will hopefully be greeted by better weather than when I left.

For the past two weeks I have been staying in Nethy Bridge in the Highlands at my friend Bob’s estate – Aultmore. For anyone contemplating a visit to this area it is an excellent option to consider.

I spent my fortnight re-familiarizing myself with the area having lived here in the past. I made a visit to Glencoe and the Great Glen, the Cairngorms, Findhorn, Laggan, Spey Bay, Elgin and many other stops along the Spey.

The highlight of my visit was my weeks’ fishing on the Spey at Craigellachie, a fantastic 3-mile beat on the middle Spey. No caught fish to report, but it was fabulous being back on the water again and working my way through all of the pools and fast water with my new Sage gear.

I was also very pleased to see that the Craigellachie Hotel is now open again after its major refurbishment (the whisky bar there is one you must visit), along with visible signs of major progress at the Macallan distillery in its expansion efforts. I also enjoyed some great food and drink in Aberlour at the Spey Larder and newly updated Aberlour Hotel.

In total my “May in the UK” was a very successful and relaxing trip. I participated in a number of great events in London, along with getting deep into the planning for Data Leadership 2014 this fall where we will focus on supporting business leaders in assuming their natural accountability for their organizations Big Data & Analytics endeavors.

Finally, I met with a number of my strategic planning peers at the Strategic Management Forum and Strategic Planning Society where we got deep into “all things strategy”. Some great things on the horizon for both of these bodies which I strongly support. Stay tuned for more developments on this front.

Look for my next posting on the IBM Big Data Hub (June 8th) where I will get deep into the challenges associated with Big Data, Analytics & Privacy. My Information Age June article “Why you still don’t need a CDO”, has created a lot of interesting dialog which will continue to build as we get ready for the MIT CDO & Info Quality confab (July – Cambridge) where I am hoping that we can have a true ‘CDO Throw Down”.

Cheers,

Richard

During the month of May I wrote two articles/blogs on Privacy Engineering, along with presenting on the topic at the Software Defined Anything Symposium in London. From the feedback I have received so far there is a very strong interest in this topic and its potential impact on the future of Big Data & Analytics as a viable activity. 

For those are interested; here are links to my two articles; 

1.- Information Age – May 2014 Issue:  http://bit.ly/1gaPAU2

2.- IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub – Privacy Corner May 2014: http://bit.ly/RBuEzC

You can see my presentation from SDx14 on my Linked In Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/richardrlee/

Please feel free to send feedback as you like.

RL

May in the UK

April 26, 2014 — Leave a comment

I will be leaving for the UK on May 3rd to spend a month in London and the Scottish Highlands. I am hopeful for good weather in both locations as it has been so miserable here in Seattle this past Spring and Winter.

During my stay in London I will be participating in the following Conferences/Events:

1.- The Chief Data Officer Summit at the Kensington Close Hotel (http://www.chiefdataofficersummit.com/) (held in conjunction w/ Data Today). I will be tweeting from the event representing Information Age and writing an article on the event for Information Age readers.

2.- The Software Defined Anything Symposium – SDx at the Langham Hotel (http://www.information-age.com/node/50422). I will be keynoting on the topic of “Privacy Engineering for a Software Defined World”. See my article in the May issue of Information Age for a preview of my comments.

3.- OVUM’s Industry Congress 2014 at the Victoria Park Plaza ( http://www.ovumindustrycongress.com ). I will be there with my Information Age hat on and will be tweeting from seminars on Data Management & Data Governance, Digital Strategies and Others topics

4.- Insurance Strategies Perspective – Solvency II Event (http://www.insurancestrategyperspectives.com/news/?page_id=25) – Central LondonI will be there to hear the latest from UK/EU Thought Leaders on the Solvency II Scheme.

Additionally, I will be meeting with colleagues from the Strategic Planning Society, the Strategic Management Forum, Source for Consulting & PCG as well as a number of Business Transformation consultancies. I am looking forward to talking shop with a number of seasoned leaders and practitioners in this space of the consulting market.

Following on to my two-weeks in London are two weeks up in Scotland where I am staying at Bob Dylan’s Highland Estate, Aultmore. (http://www.aultmoreestate.com/) in my favorite village of Nethy Bridge (where I lived in 2006-2007). I will be climbing some Munros, visiting Glencoe and Atlantic Salmon fishing for a week on the Middle Spey at Craigellachie (http://www.fishpal.com/Scotland/Spey/Craigellachie/) with Ghillie, Dougie Ross. This will be the highlight of my trip for sure. Stay tuned for updates and photos of all “The Springers” that I catch (and release) during my fishing.

Finally, I am going to do a detailed study on the new range of Macallan 1824 Series Single Malts (http://www.themacallan.com/the-whisky/the-1824-series/). It just happens that The Macallan distillery is across the River Spey from the Craigellachie fishing beats so…. I will report in on my study as it progresses.

Sláinte

I will be writing an article each month going forward in these three publications to help promote awareness and to foster action on the subjects of Privacy, Strategy & Governance. I hope that all of you will follow these conversations and add your comments wherever possible. 

1.- Information Age Magazine (UK) – “Resident Columnist”  ( http://www.information-age.com )

2.- IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub – “The Privacy Corner” ( http://www.ibmbigdatahub.com )

3.- IBM Data Magazine – “The Contrarian View” ( http://www.ibmdatamag.com )

Additionally, I will be in the UK for the entire month of May and while there will be participating in two major conferences;

  • The Software Defined Everything Symposium ( http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/software-defined-sdx-symposium-tickets-5409142892 ) where I will be presenting a keynote on “Privacy by Design for a Software Defined World”
  • The Chief Data Officers Summit ( http://www.chiefdataofficersummit.com/ ) where I will be providing “The Contrarian Viewpoint” throughout the conference. 

Richard

“N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens” (NYT – Sunday, September 29, 2013)

Is there any “Illusion of Privacy” left at this point after such headlines? Doubtful, I would imagine. 

On Monday, September 30th @ 12:00 EDT I will be participating in a live TweetChat on #CXO entitled “Customer Privacy in the Age of Transparency”. For those who can follow along or tweet we are going to get into the meat of the topic of “The Illusion of Privacy and How to Contend with it”.

Here are some questions that we will be exploring during out 60-minute TweetChat:

  1. Is transparency helping or hindering the customer experience? Explain
  2. Can big data, transparency and privacy live together in harmony? Why or why not?
  3. Is it the customer’s job to protect their privacy? Whose job is it?
  4. Should privacy factors dictate how long customer data is kept? Why or why not?
  5. Who should determine what can and can’t be done with customer data? Should the customer have a say on social data?
  6. Can businesses trust their sources of customer data? How can they improve veracity?
  7. How can businesses incorporate governance into their customer data collection plans?
  8. What should tomorrow’s consumer privacy policies and plan look like?

A lot of material to cover is just one hour so be prepared. 

See you tomorrow.

“N.S.A. Gathers…

I have watched with considerable interest and bemusement the feigned outrage and posturing by many segments of the population since the revelations of the NSA’s global SIGINT programs. I find it all amusing at best given how little everyone has paid attention to fact that their Privacy began eroding back in the ’80’s and has diminished to Near Zero at this point. It is hard to believe that everyone should be so upset about something that they lost (or abdicated) such a long time ago (for many, before they were even born) and yet now are just realizing it. Nonetheless, perhaps these events and all of the spleen venting that continues to go on about them will start a dialog about “The Illusion of Privacy”.

Privacy is a state of mind (like Trust) that cannot be quantified or regulated in the world that we live in today. Virtually every consumer has abdicated their Privacy Rights by signing one EULA after another with their Service & Software Providers for all of the “apps, gadgets & devices” that they require to support their daily lives. Has anyone (besides Lawyers) ever read one of these before clicking Accept? Doubtful, I imagine and if you did read it what are your options? Decline is not one of them.

In the end we all must develop more Situational Awareness. If you fall into the trap of complacency and believe that there will be no consequences to anything that you post, write or say then you are truly the fool. We should all embrace the notion of “Low Tech” Face-to-Face (F2F) communications from inside our own personal SCIF’s (Secure Compartmentalized Information Facilities) aka our converted bomb shelters (for those who grew up during the Cold War). This is probably the only means of Privacy that we still have available.

Embrace the horror that we have created in our zeal for technology and for having abandoned our individual roles in checking the power and growth of Government intrusion in our daily lives.

Until next time.