Roland’s Sunday Smart Trends #108
April 30th, 2006

Here is my weekly selection of articles that were not mentioned here — except if I missed them.

Cyber Sleuths Call For New ‘Smart Swarms’

“The key to robust security is network thinking,” said W. David Stephenson, principal at Stephenson Strategies, a company that works closely with the Department of Homeland Security to develop defenses against terrorist attacks on computer networks.
[Note: for more information, you can read “Cybersecurity Strategy: from Hierarchies to Smart Swarms” by W. David Stephenson.]
Source: Tim Scannell,, April 17, 2006

Mobile personal assistant for travel information

A mobile, personal access device providing location-based transport information, mapping and routing, navigation and other related services anywhere in Europe has been successfully pilot tested at five European sites.
[Note: for more information, please check the technology page of the ASK-IT project.]
Source: IST Results, April 25, 2006

Online Store Trying On New Model to Fit Women plans to match a user’s size and style with flattering clothes for sale. Experts differ on its chances.
Source: Leslie Earnest, The Los Angeles Times, April 26, 2006

The Total Information Awareness Project Lives On

Technology behind the Pentagon’s controversial data-mining project has been acquired by NSA, and is probably in use.
Source: Mark Williams, Technology Review, April 26, 2006

Software allows neighbors to improve internet access at no extra cost

Computer scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed software that enables the sharing of high-speed wireless connections without compromising security or privacy. The software can improve Internet connectivity in residential areas at no additional cost.
[Note: for more information, please check PERM Project home page (PERM stands for “Practical End-host collaborative Residential Multihoming.”]
Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign news release, April 27, 2006

Deconstructing participation

Ross Mayfield has come up with a way to deconstruct the concept of participation, peeling it back so that is has some granularity. Not all participants participate with an equal level of engagement, as illustrated in the Power Law of Participation Ross came up.
Source: Dan Farber, Between the Lines, a ZDNet blog, April 27, 2006

Rat on your pirate boss, win $36,000

Anti-software piracy group the Business Software Alliance is offering a $36,000 reward to anyone who informs on employers who use illegal or unlicensed software.
Source: Andy McCue, Special to CNET, April 28, 2006

A grand unified theory of YouTube and MySpace

Sites like Friendster and Blogger that promote sharing and friend-making have been around for years with nowhere near the mainstream success. I’ve got a different theory. YouTube and MySpace are runaway hits because they combine two attributes rarely found together in tech products. They’re easy to use, and they don’t tell you what to do.
Source: Paul Boutin, Slate, April 28, 2006

Levi Ships RFID-Tagged Jeans, Dockers

The next pair of Levi Strauss & Co. jeans bought in a retail store could have a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag attached, the company confirmed Friday.
Declining to name the retail store and location, [Levi Strauss & Co. spokesman Jeffrey] Beckman confirmed Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp., both of which have well-publicized RFID supply chain projects underway, don’t sell the style of men’s jeans shipping with RFID tags.
Source: Laurie Sullivan, TechWeb News, April 28, 2006

See you next week…

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