Monthly Archives: June 2008 is one of the most interesting online media ventures in Australia. Established in February 2007 by Amanda Gome, formerly a journalist and editor at BRW, it is targeted at entrepreneurs and owners of small to medium size businesses. While the site initially had both free and subscription content, within the first six months they

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Mark Pesce is one of my favorite media visionaries. Back in the late 1990s I was a big fan of Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML), which was co-invented by Mark. I proposed using it as a tool for concept representation, among other applications. Mark has since focused largely on the media space, doing some great

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We have just launched the Future of Media Predictions Markets, run in conjunction with the Future of Media Summit 2008. These will tap the collective wisdom of participants at the Summit in the US and Australia, as well as other media leaders globally. Anyone can participate in the prediction markets. The predictions will be used

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The UK Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has recently launched a discussion paper titled Web 2.0 and human resources, designed to help HR professionals to understand what Web 2.0 is and to contribute to organization’s activities in the space. The paper is built around the key elements of my Web 2.0 Framework, which they

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The Future of Media Summit 2008 is designed to have a far broader reach and impact than for just those who attend. Part of the way we do this is to get contributions from the speakers beforehand on the Future of Media blog and websites, setting the scene for deeper discussions on the day, and

Continue reading Mark Scott, Managing Director of ABC, at the Future of Media Summit: thoughts on the future of media

How Web 2.0 creates value

Below is the sidebar I wrote in for BRW‘s Web 2.0 feature, accompanying our Top 100 Australian Web 2.0 Applications list. The reason I was most pleased about getting the list into a mainstream business magazine is that it is a significant step in getting the broader business community to understand the value and transformative

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Techcrunch has just published a very interesting analysis of valuations of social networks. Here is its methodology: Our model takes Comscore data for available countries and regions. We’ve graphed each of 26 well known social networks with the data we have been able to collect. We’ve then calculated the average advertising spend (estimated by PriceWaterhouseCoopers

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What marketing executives think about your privacy

An article in Forbes titled What Privacy Policy? quotes data from a study by the Ponemon Institute, summarized below. What it shows is distinctly fairly different attitudes and perception from privacy and security executives at large organizations, compared to those of marketing executives. At the Future of Media Summit 2008 held in mid-July in Silicon

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Mapping newspaper layoffs – where will the journalists go?

Erica Smith of Graphic Designer has done some great map mashups of US newspaper layoffs so far in 2008 (4,490+) and in the last seven months of 2007 (2,185+), as below. While you can pick out trends from the maps such as a big rise in layoffs in the North-East, this is more about underlining

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Review of the Top 100 web apps launch, event, and coverage

Some quick thoughts on the Top 100 Australian Web 2.0 Applications launch and event last week: * Everyone seems to have had a good time at the launch event – I certainly did! A great bunch of people * For me the primary reason to create the list and get it into BRW was to

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I set up my rossdawson Twitter account this morning. I know I’m very late to the party, but will now be exploring this space. I’ve followed Twitter and its peers from the beginning as well as I can as a non-participant. My attitude has always been that my primary online presence is my blog –

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Download Chapter 5 of Living Networks on Emerging Technologies Every chapter of Living Networks is being released on this blog as a free download, together with commentary and updated perspectives since its original publication in 2002. For the full Table of Contents and free chapter downloads see the Living Networks website or the Book Launch/

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Ross Dawson is globally recognized as a leading futurist, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, strategy advisor, and bestselling author. He is Founding Chairman of AHT Group, which consists of 3 companies: consulting, publishing, and ventures firm Advanced Human Technologies, future and strategy firm Future Exploration Network, and events company The Insight Exchange.

Ross is author most recently of Getting Results From Crowds, the prescient Living Networks, which anticipated the social network revolution, the bestseller Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships, and Implementing Enterprise 2.0. (click on the links for free chapter downloads). He is primarily based in Sydney with a secondary base in San Francisco.

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