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Don Tapscott is CEO of The Tapscott Group think tank. As one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media and the economic and social impact of technology, Tapscott advises business and government leaders around the world. Tapscott has authored or co-authored 14 widely read books, including Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet, Paradigm Shift, Grown Up Digital and The Naked Corporation. Don recently released (with Anthony D Williams) TED Book, Radical Openness: Four Unexpected Principles for Success and in 2012 created the Don Tapscott app – New Solutions for a Connected Planet which is available for free in the Apple App Store. In 2011, Thinkers50 and the Harvard Business Review named Tapscott as one of the top 10 most important living business thinkers. At the University of Toronto, Tapscott is Adjunct Professor of Management for the Rotman School of Management and the Inaugural Fellow of the Martin Prosperity Institute where he is currently is leading a multi million dollar investigation into new models of global problem solving.

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Don Tapscott
Posted over 1 year ago
How much of your information do you share? How much should corporations share? TED Books Q&A Friday at 3pm Eastern!
When it comes to each of us as individuals, Anthony and I think we all need a balance between the public and private. Just as the complete loner and hermit lifestyle is not optimal (we all need and benefit from human interaction and relationships) so being a completely public person undermines one essence of what it is to be human – to be private, reserved and discreet. Develop and implement your own personal privacy strategy. When you share consider the benefits. But realize that withholding most information about you is in your interests: there are many “bad actors” who would misuse it. Privacy is important to the formation and maintenance of human relationships, reputation trust and even “the self” and its presentation in everyday life. Society lacks the laws and norms to protect you from companies being invasive or manipulative. And don’t assume governments are benevolent: we may harmed in absentia by unknown public and private bureaucracies having access to our personal data -- perhaps the targets of injurious decisions and discrimination and we will never really know what or why. By all means, be as open as you want but realize that with openness can come vulnerabilities, especially for your children. And as the expression goes “Discretion is the better part of valor” meaning that it makes sense to be careful in the face of unintended consequences and risks.
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Don Tapscott
Posted over 1 year ago
How much of your information do you share? How much should corporations share? TED Books Q&A Friday at 3pm Eastern!
IN fact, in Macrowikinomics, Anthony and I argue that banks should start sharing risk management data to help them get a valuation of all the so-called "toxic assets" on their balance sheet. If they placed these assets in a commons and let the world's leading modellers go at them, the values could be determined and the assets disposed of. Evey Wall Street needs to open up, just to save itself.
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Don Tapscott
Posted over 1 year ago
How much of your information do you share? How much should corporations share? TED Books Q&A Friday at 3pm Eastern!
there are some benefits to each of us being more open personally and we all share more information than we used to. But that doesn't mean that we should live our lives out loud. The fundamental problem with the case of radical personal openness is that we are a long way from a world where being open will not hurt us. A world, say, where employers don’t discriminate because an applicant has had a mental illness, held a certain political point of view, or was photographed as a teenager having a beer on Facebook. There are also bad actors and the danger of fraud, identity theft or inappropriate disclosure of personal information is also a problem.