Blog posts by Anne Bailey

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Decentralized Identity Could Become a Reality, but Blockchain May Not Be a Part of It

Decentralized Identity is a concept that may not be mainstream yet, but it is a term that embodies the sentiment that many individuals feel regarding the control they wish they had over their personal data. The public has become increasingly more vocal about the misuse of their data, and global regulation has responded to this outcry with the GDPR, CCPA, ePrivacy Directive, and more. While this grants some control over some aspects of user data, there is an assumption that underpins these privacy regulations: that personal data can be held and used by an entity other than the owner....

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Imagining Future Regulations on AI – Similarities to the GDPR?

There are ongoing discussions from high-level expert groups from the EU Commission about what regulation of Artificial Intelligence – particularly the algorithms that process data – will look like. There is a high priority to not only create alignment with the GDPR but to add flexibility for future advancements so that a baseline level of data protection is always provided, even as new AI applications are implemented. There are many elements of the GDPR that are particularly worth looking closer at regarding algorithmic models for recommendations, predictions, and...

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A Reckoning with Facial Recognition Technology and Responsibility

Several major players in the facial recognition market – IBM, Amazon, and Microsoft – have halted all sales of facial recognition technology (FRT) to police departments in the United States. Each of these companies made a statement regarding technology’s relationship to public safety. IBM CEO Arvind Kirshna sent an open letter to several US Senators and House Representatives, stating “IBM no longer offers general purpose IBM facial recognition or analysis software. IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any technology…for mass surveillance,...

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Compromise of IOTA

Turning a blind eye to security in favor of optimism If you have any take-away from reading KuppingerCole research , hopefully it is that APIs are a critical element to protect. This is true regardless of the industry. Even cryptocurrencies. IOTA, the blockchain-like cryptocurrency and transaction network was compromised in mid-February. The API access to the IOTA crypto wallet via a payment service was targeted and exploited for potentially two to three weeks. Approximately 50 accounts were compromised, leading to the eventual theft of around 2 million Euros. There is a risk in...

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Ambient Intelligence Can’t Mature Without an Identity Protocol

Every day we are experiencing the intersection of IoT and AI. The interactions of users, sensors, robots, vehicles, smart buildings, and much more is creating a new status quo for digital experiences. This growing range of smart devices – both in the IoT sense and the intelligent AI sense – mean we are moving beyond a singular focus on the smartphone. This heightened immersion into increasingly distributed, decentralized digital networks is what KuppingerCole has termed “Ambient Intelligence”. The synergy of AI and IoT that Ambient Intelligence enables will be a...

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Three Critical Elements Required to Close the Cybersecurity Skills Gap

The status on cybersecurity is fairly clear: 82% of employers report that their cybersecurity skills are not enough to handle the rising number of cyber incidents ( Center for Strategic & International Studies, 2019. The Cybersecurity Workforce Gap ). There is a gap – a gap between the skills needed for strong cybersecurity, and the skills you actually have. It is an individual problem, but also an enterprise problem and a global problem. The vast majority of the world simply does not have the skills to keep up with the cyber risks that we know exist. Three Critical...

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RPA and AI: Don’t Isolate Your Systems, Synchronize Them

We already hear a lot about artificial intelligence (AI) systems being able to automate repetitive tasks. But AI is such a large term that encompasses many types of very different technologies. What type of solutions are really able to do this? Robotic Process Automation (RPA) configures software to mimic human actions on a graphic user interface (GUI) to carry out a business process.  For example, an RPA system could open a relevant email, extract information from an attached invoice, and input it in an internal billing system. Although modern RPA solutions are already relying on...

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API Platforms as the Secure Front Door to Your Identity Fabric

Identity and Access Management (IAM) is on the cusp of a new era: that of the Identity Fabric. An Identity Fabric is a new logical infrastructure that acts as a platform to provide and orchestrate separate IAM services in a cohesive way. Identity Fabrics help the enterprise meet the current expanded needs of IAM, like integrating many different identities quickly and securely, allow BYOID, enable accessibility regardless of geographic location or device, link identity to relationship, and more. The unique aspect of Identity Fabrics is the many interlinking connections between IAM...

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Regulating AI's Limitless Potential

Regulation has the uncomfortable task of limiting untapped potential. I was surprised when I recently received the advice to think of life like a box. “The walls of this box are all the rules you should follow. But inside the box, you have perfect freedom.” Stunned as I was at the irony of having complete freedom to think inside the box, those at the forefront of AI development and implementation are faced with the irony of limiting projects with undefined potential. Although Artificial General Intelligence – the ability of a machine to intuitively react to situations...


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