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Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe by Roger McNamee

Zucked is a sobering and important book for the stand it takes in calling out Facebook and major Internet platforms in how they are addictive by design, are eroding our privacy, and are susceptible to manipulation by bad actors threatening democracy. 

I especially appreciated the coverage of filter and preference bubbles and the explanation of how and why modern online platforms can contribute to self-perpetuating beliefs and tribalism. 

The author read widely about the subjects covered in the book and included a rich bibliography for further reading. Even if you don't read Zucked itself, I've included below some of the organizations, peoples, and books mentioned so you can explore.

By coincidence or not, just one month after its release, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg published a lengthy blog detailing how Facebook will shift to become more of a privacy-focused communications platform.


Organizations

Center for Human Technology

Common Sense Media - Non-profit organization that pro…
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Read Across America Day 2017

Today is Read Across America Day, and to celebrate the day I wanted to share what I'm reading now and recently finished. And, of course, Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Reading Now

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Extreme Ownership is written by two former Navy SEALs and conveys leadership principles from battlefield experiences.

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

This is a reread for me. For those unfamiliar, the book is Viktor Frankl’s memoir of life in Nazi concentration camps and focuses on how though we can't avoid suffering, we always have a choice in how we react to it.

Recently Finished
What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading
by Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins

This was a useful and readable primer on understanding and reading nonverbal body language by a former FBI counterintelligence officer.
Blubber by Judy Blume

Judy Blume's classic about bullying is still as relevant today as it was when it was first published over 4…

Connect 2017

I'm excited to have been selected to present at Connect 2017, the premier social business and digital collaboration conference. This year, I will be co-presenting with Purvi Trivedi from IBM.

Below is the description of my session:

A Customer Success Story: Evolving Your Social Business to Efficiently Collaborate Externally Internal collaboration platforms like IBM Connections are increasingly being expanded to external audiences. Come to this session to learn how Superior Group has eliminated organizational boundaries and evolved IBM Connections to collaborate efficiently with a variety of external users, including customers, contractors, suppliers and business partners. We will showcase our external user deployment, discuss the initial involvement with legal and IT, and highlight the business value and use cases. We'll also share some of the technical challenges and successes. The session will provide valuable lessons learned for you to consider when planning and orchestratin…

Edge 2016

I am excited to have been selected to present at Edge 2016, an IBM conference about solutions and technology for the cognitive era.

Below is the description of my session:

CLD-2194 : Building the Most Adaptable Workforce Vendor Management System

Companies are outsourcing more and more of their workforces. To help companies manage their growing contingent workforces, providers have developed technology solutions, including the contingent labor Vendor Management System, or VMS. As technology has evolved and matured, so have the capabilities of VMSes and the expectations of business stakeholders using VMSes. Today's VMS must not only automate contingent workforce management, but provide an adaptable experience that's complex yet simple, with rich analytics and dashboards, integration capabilities, and cloud performance and reliability. Our session will demonstrate how Superior updated its VMS Work Nexus using IBM technology into a modern business application.
Stream: Architecting …

When Weak Connections are Valuable at Work

I recently contributed an article to Information Outlook, the online magazine of the Special Libraries Association (SLA). The title is "When Weak Connections are Valuable at Work", and it's about how new networking tools enable us to cultivate workplace connections with people we rarely (or never) see but who can help us in important ways.

Download the article as a PDF or read the web version below.

When Weak Connections are Valuable at Work (PDF)


When Weak Connections are Valuable at Work
If you’re not sure who the weak ties are in your social network, look at the contacts on your phone. Chances are, there are some people in your contacts list you don’t call (much less see) on a regular basis, but you find it useful to keep them listed for those occasions when you do need to contact them. Perhaps your doctor, babysitter, mechanic, or accountant fits this description.

If you use a social network like LinkedIn or Twitter professionally, you will have even more weak links. …

Marking May

I've always loved the month of May, for many different reasons. Growing up in the Northeastern United States, May was typically the month when it warmed up and Spring began to give a preview of Summer. May also meant school was winding down and fun movie openings. And May was the month of Mother's Day, the month with two birthdays in my family, and there was Memorial Day, one of my favorite holidays that to me always felt like the unofficial beginning of summer.

This year, on my social media accounts, I'm going to mark each day in May with a different word and image. There is an underlying theme, but I won't reveal it until the end of the month.

Spring 2016 Speaking Engagements

I am excited to have been selected to speak at the following, upcoming business technology events:

Amplify 2016 - Amplify is an IBM conference for marketing, merchandising, ecommerce, sales and customer service professionals. At Amplify I will be part of a panel discussing engagement in the workplace:

DBV-1778: Customer Panel Discussion: Facilitating a Highly Engaged Workplace When: Wed May 18 ( 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. )

This panel discussion provides you with the opportunity to hear from successful IBM Digital Experience customers how they created effective solutions to the challenges associated with creating and maintaining an engaged and efficient workforce.Amplify 2016 will take place May 16 - 19, 2016 in Tampa, Florida.


Social Connections 10 - This business technology event focuses on social collaboration technology, aimed at both existing and prospective customers and partners, and at individuals with both business and technical perspectives. At Social Connections, I will be co-presen…