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Anthony Williams
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!
Radical openness is most unnerving when companies and governments are unprepared to operate in a highly transparent environment. They not only have less and less control over information, they also have less ability to shape and massage public perceptions of their organization. So I would encourage people to read the book and better understand how openness can be a force for competitiveness and success
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Anthony Williams
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!
The real problems begin when our personal data is assembled into profiles, matched with other info and used by employers, law enforcement officials, public sector agencies and other interested parties to make judgments about (and decisions affecting) individuals, such as whether to hire them, or whether to admit entry, or to calculate benefits or terms of an offer, etc. In such circumstances, the effects of privacy loss can include discrimination, especially if the data is inaccurate.
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Anthony Williams
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!
Promoting serendipitous innovation is one of the best reasons for companies and individuals to embrace openness. You never know how others may build on your ideas and sometimes great things happen as a result. In the book, we talk about how companies like Google and Apple use radical openness to make it easy for talented developers to build new applications for the iPhone and Android. Today, both companies have in excess of 750,000 apps developed entirely by third parties.
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Anthony Williams
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!
It's an individual choice to decide how much to share, but we do see real benefits in some cases. We wrote about the health data shared by members of PatientsLikeMe—a vibrant healthcare community whose participants suffer from debilitating chronic conditions such as ALS, Parkinson’s and bipolar disorder. Their data is rendered anonymous and then aggregated to inform research conducted by doctors, pharmaceutical and medical device companies. At the same time, sharing information among peers gives patients with similar conditions an invaluable source of support and helps them make smarter decisions.
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Anthony Williams
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!
Re: your question about pharmaceuticals. In the past few years a lot of people have been talking about the crisis of innovation in drug development and arguing that the basic model for inventing and commercializing potentially life-saving medications is broken and failing society badly. The problems there have largely to do with a highly risk-averse and legalistic industry culture that comes at the expense of opportunities to co-develop early-stage technology tools, establish data standards, share clinical trial data or pursue other forms of collaboration that could lift the productivity of the entire industry. Fortunately, companies like GSK are strategically releasing patents and leading the charge toward more open models of drug development that will increase research productivity and stimulate medical progress.
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Anthony Williams
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!
The third principle of openness concerns intellectual property. Rather than go to extraordinary lengths to control and protect proprietary resources and innovations, a growing number of companies are sharing intellectual property and releasing patents in a bid to accelerate research, foster relationships and stimulate progress in their industries.