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Using Blockchain technology for refugees

All people have the right to prove who they are and allow them to access basic services of economic, social and political life. This blockchain prototype will allow decentralized and secure storage and access to personal and private information.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-and-accenture-develop-blockchain-id-system-for-refugees/

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“Approximately one-sixth of the world’s population cannot participate in cultural, political, economic, and social life because they lack the most basic information: Documented proof of their existence,” Accenture said in an announcement.

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“Our prototype is personal, private, and portable, empowering individuals to access and share appropriate information when convenient, and without the worry of using or losing paper documentation,” said David Treat, managing director at Accenture’s global blockchain business.

What is an education anyways?

Nervous about your education journey? Thinking of going back to school to add some more letters behind your name. Take a time-out and listen to Dan Miller talk about what’s really important when getting your next or dream job. Listen to this podcast episode and get some new direction.

Dan Miller’s website is full of information to help you make great decisions in life.

New beginnings

January 1st is as good as any to place a stake in the ground. A recent blog post by Michael Hyatt talked about having a platform from which you can build your online presence.

As I move into uncharted territory in my career, I will be using this blog as a home base. I will still use Twitter (@ElwinWitzke) and other social networks. In the past this blog has covered an assortment of topics, from general interest to specific technologies. For the time being I will be focusing this blog on the following:

  • unified communications
  • video conferencing
  • mobile devices
  • social collaboration in the enterprise
  • gaining business value from communications technologies
  • enterprise management of mobile devices
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies

As the clock moves forward, so does our life. Leaving behind a long career in a large organization is daunting, yet it provides an opportunity to use my skills in different organizations.

Posting links on Twitter or a blog

I’ve been spending some time thinking about the best way to share links, ideas, videos and other material on the web. Although Facebook and Twitter have great reach they are open to big data loss if your ID get’s yanked by the powers that be. All the collateral you’ve accumulated could get wiped off the face of the earth in an instance.

You have ownership of your data, but you don’t control it’s hosting.

I am thinking of using a blog for posting things to share and then linking to the blog from Facebook and Twitter. Your own blog is the only way to own and control your content.

I may also pull out some of the old shared items from Facebook and repost them here.

We’ll see how it goes.

What did I do exactly one year ago?

That is no longer a question that can’t be answered.

With the Facebook timeline rolling out it becomes real easy to peer back into the past and remember (or try to forget) activities from your past. In some cases a little bit of culling might be in order. There is just so much information that has been dropped into this black hole.

Early users of the timeline have reported that they are surprised when they look back at the timeline and immediately start on a pruning process. One can hide items from the timeline, delete them permanently or highlight certain events or photos.

Facebook is trying to become the single source or aggregator of you life stream. It will be our choice if they will be given the keys.