I surprised myself by enjoying the session, it wasn’t that I personally learned anything technical, it was all about the presentation of the material which was simply outstanding.
My best mate dropped over on the weekend and left me an ancient Sony Vaio that he’d acquired for his 7-year-old daughter.
After shooting the breeze over the beer, we got to talking about his daughters computer use. Essentially he (and she) just wanted “something she can use and have for her own” – he’d already been supplied with a Live CD of Doudou Linux which she’d been booting from, yet due to the failing hard drive in the near fossilized Vaio, the machine was taking far too long to start-up – by which time her attention span was exceeded.
Today there was a question pitched by one of the guys at work as to why we bother having such things as a password expiry / enforced change. My answer (in true Rob fashion), rambled a little (ok, a lot) but I’ve consolidated it below and made it generic to suit anyone facing the same line of questioning…
The reason passwords are set to expire, is it limits the exposure of compromised credentials. Continue reading “Expiring Passwords”
Interesting quote from an article that I was reading this morning:
“When creating a patient portal that provides access to electronic health records, healthcare organizations must educate patients about the need for authenticating their identities, says Sharp HealthCare CIO Bill Spooner. [â€¦] Spooner notes that some patients have complained that the authentication method for its patient portal is cumbersome.”
Itâ€™s not the fault of the user, theyâ€™ve not been educated as to why the bar should be higher (and they donâ€™t necessarily understand the potential consequence of a low bar). Itâ€™s not the fault of the business, after all things have been “good enough so far” so why spend money changing something that doesnâ€™t look like itâ€™s broken?
Itâ€™s (almost) nice to know there are others struggling with the balance between usability, user acceptance, funding and the changing landscape of threat.
21st Century Parenting – Challenges and Solutions
This was an obvious choice as a session for me to attend, and it opened with an attention grabbing quote…
â€œThree times as many smart phones every minute are activated than there are babies being bornâ€ – Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson
This quote sets the stage for the overwhelming influx of technologies into our lives and especially the lives of our children. The problem is, parents are being fed these lines time and again to the point where many throw in the towel and give up trying to stay current with what their children are doing.
Even more worrisome than the parents giving up, is the parents abdicating the responsibility of teaching and modelling these skills to schools.Â Schools do not have the resources to do this stuff alone
Privacy Issues for business in the new digital age
This session started with a fizz and a whimper, I think based more on the usual audience for the Privacy Commission than the subject matter itself. I did enjoy the comics though 🙂
- Customers are starting to take an ACTUAL interest in their privacy (~80-90% are concerned or ‘very concerned’)
- Media starting to pick up on these stories as the articles drive interest
- Bigger companies are starting to see the moral and ethical necessity to adopt privacy
- Expectation of future tweaking suggestions for privacy act
- â€œValue your CIO as your would your CFOâ€
- Despite the cloud context, people are expecting the same flexibility and control over their data as when it was locally domicilled
The discussion that followed was interesting
Digital Citizenship – Combating Cyber-bullying & Harassment
Stream led by:Â John FenaughtyÂ (NetSafe)
Perhaps the most notable example of standing up against bullying of recent times is that ofÂ 16-year old Australian Casey Haynes story (YouTube â€œFat Kid takes on Bullyâ€) a video that went viral both online and via traditional prime time media.
When asked,Â 33.2% of youth surveyed reported they had experienced some form of cyber-bullyingÂ in the past year andÂ 52.9% of those had found it distressing.
That’sÂ 17.6% of New Zealand youth surveyed having experienced ‘distressing cyber-bullying’ in the past year – it’s an offensive statistic for anyone wishing to better the environment in which we work, entertain and educate ourselves.
Continue reading “NetHui 2011 – Day 1: Digital Citizenship – Cyber-Bullying”
Digital Citizenship – Cybersafety
Stream led by: Martin Cocker (NetSafe) – NetHui Digital Citizenship Forum
Martin started off the session by outlining there things are in New Zealand, as well as providing a context for theÂ terminologyÂ which would follow. In this regard, Digital Citizens were defined as those using technologies to have:
- Greater productivity (via use of technology)
- A better education experience
- Connections with e-government
- The responsibility to â€œBalanceâ€ theÂ digitalÂ society
- Politically, we can vote out non-performers
- Commercially, we can only influence via our adoption and usage of technologies.
- We can’t vote for everyone (politically) but we can influence viaÂ usageÂ and adoption
You could tell that you’d arrived at the NetHui because every seat anywhere remotely near a power source was occupied by someone hunched over an electronic device, either furiously tapping away at a keyboard or swiping at a screen.
- Opening Address: Vikram Kumar / Rod Drury
- Presentation of InternetNZ Lifetime Achievement Award
- World Internet Project
- Focus Streams:
- Digital Citizenship – Cyber-safety
- Digital Citizenship – Combating Cyber-bullying & Harassment
- Globalisation, the Internet and the Law – The Internet as a revolutionary tool
- Innovation & Emerging Issues – Privacy Issues for business in the new digital age
- Digital Citizenship – 21st Century Parenting: Challenges and Solutions
The kids in Room 3 had a problem, all of the caterpillars that went into the pupa stage of their metamorphosis were emerging when the students were out of the classroom.
The solution was to setup a laptop with a web camera programmed to take a snapshot of a waiting chrysalis once every minute. These images were stitched together into a time-lapse which captured the butterfly emerging in this video.
Feel free to skip over rest of the content in this article as what is of interest will vary greatly between viewers – but I wanted to present the whole story in one location in case it is useful to others who are studying similar processes.
Before getting into the detail of the ‘how’ the project was done, it was fascinating to watch the kids go through the journey of:
- Identifying the problem of missing the butterflies emerging
- Strategising what they could do to overcome the issue
- Discarding ideas which were unworkable
- Agreeing on using the computer / webcam
- Thinking about what other things time-lapse would be useful for