About this blog

I believe that it is only a matter of time before enterprise software consists of only four types of application: publishing, search, fulfilment and conversation. I believe that weaknesses and corruptions in our own thinking about digital rights and intellectual property rights will have the effect of slowing down or sometimes even blocking this from happening.

I believe we keep building layers of lock-in that prevent information from flowing freely, and that we have a lot to learn about the right thing to do in this respect. I believe identity and presence and authentication and permissioning are in some ways the new battlegrounds, where the freedom of information flow will be fought for, and bitterly at that.

I believe that we do live in an age of information overload, and that we have to find ways of simplifying our access to the information; of assessing the quality of the information; of having better tools to visualise the information, to enrich and improve it, of passing the information on.

I believe that Moore’s Law and Metcalfe’s Law and Gilder’s Law have created an environment where it is finally possible to demonstrate the value of information technology in simple terms rather than by complex inferences and abstract arguments.

I believe that simplicity and convenience are important, and that we have to learn to respect human time.

I believe we need to discuss these things and find ways of getting them right. And I have a fervent hope that through this blog, I can keep the conversations going and learn from them.

67 thoughts on “About this blog”

  1. Hi JP – building on your thoughts around Moore’s, Metcalfe’s, Gilder’s, Nielsen’s laws we have indeed developed methods and tools to reduce the insecurity in increasingly complex and distributed systems by orders of magnitude (there is a history of patents). Talking to some of the greatest engineering companies such as IBM, SAP, Oracle, Siemens and many more we recognize inherent limitations to anticipate future trends and visionary thinking. Following your article in the FT Germany today, there is big hope that you could help. Can you ? Happy to continue the discussions. Cheers. Beat

  2. Hi

    I write to you on behalf of The Viewspaper (www.theviewspaper.net) which is India’s largest youth paper and the 5th largest media company on Facebook.

    We are organizing the World’s Largest Tweet-A-Thon! and would like to invite you as a panelist for the same.

    From American political journalists in the 1950s, to The Economist magazine not so long ago; speculation has run rife about India and whether we will survive as a nation.

    Poverty. Corruption. Terrorism. Disease. Currency woes. We’ve got it all, and more. We’ve been written off, doomsdayed, delegitimized – but we keep coming back! What is the root of this appetite for adversity, this solid resilience?

    It is our nation’s optimism. No matter how much you bring her down, India feels up!

    A first of its kind initiative, the #IFeelUp Tweetathon is a 3-day virtual conference, which delights in the irrepressible state of the nation, in spite of its laundry list of issues. Over 72 hours, we’ll be bringing in 400 panelists for non-stop discussion, and that’s where you come in.

    We would like to invite you as a panelist for a 30 minute session wherein you can participate from any part of the world.Gul Panag, Ashoka Changemakers, Miss Malini and Bhawana Somaaya are Some of the big names attending the event.

    If you’re interested, kindly email us your contact information so that we could provide you with more details about the event.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks & Regards

    Garima Obrah
    The Viewspaper
    Skype: theviewspaper
    Twitter: @theviewspaper

  3. how often do you visit HQ in SF? I recently rolled off my project and will either go to Miami or Seattle (Amazon).

  4. … A-list is impossible. Passive aggression and plausible deniability exhaust the social space.
    Some of us are responsive. So, really, your best merely blunts the best.

    Karma, nae?


    p.s. and yes, I sure as fuck am offended.

  5. hi JP am sarup ganguly from WeberShandwick PR want you to send in your contact details in the mail given below. want you to cover a musical programme(open jam session at 5 star property). i need this urgently need to share this wid my client by 2nd half today.

  6. Hi JP

    We’ve never mate but I heard about you from my ex colleagues at Dresdner who worked for you. I’ve been following your blog ever since. I’m currently working on my Executive MBA at Cranfield and we are organising a cohort conference on the 5th of December 2014 and I was wondering if you are willing and available to give a talk at the event.

    It would be such great privilege for us if you could.

    Best Regards

  7. The idea of ‘open data exchange’ is almost as old as IT itself, I say this not from the point of reading about it historically but be growing with it through the evolution of computing since the early seventies. Sharing data is vital to human progress but how to differentiate between what can be shared and what is sensitive is the age old problem, also how do you define what sensitive is, and assuming this can be defined how do you protect this environment?. I listened to an interesting debate on data protection which argued you should not build a castle wall around your data with layers of software, rather you should accept that any castle wall can be breached and look to protecting the data once an intruder is in your system. As an example penetration could invoke keys for each data group you define and lock access to that data. Penetrating the castle wall is one thing, but the data is the prize not the method by which you breach the wall

  8. Dear JP Rangaswami.

    My name is Elena Davanger, I am a student at the University of Bergen, Norway. I found your blog through bestindianbloggers.org.

    I found it very interesting to read that you want to build a school for the 21st.century, where the students are encouraged to use the web, and to have the ability to critique.
    Me and my co students are doing a project about youth in India. I was thus wondering, if the topic depression is something bloggers blog about? Is it a topic of stigma that people dont talk or blog about? Do you have any information about this? I find this topic interesting in relation to your thoughts about education and the use of web you see. Is the internet a much used tool by teenangers in India?

    I am excited to hear from you!

    Kind regards,
    Elena Davanger.

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