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Magazine Article - Reuters Magazine

Running Al Qaeda

| June 2012

"Getting second-rung leadership right is important for any enterprise, and for al Qaeda that meant assuring the brand and building network capacity for terror. Bin Laden was careful about deciding who would be anointed with two powerful gifts—his blessing of leadership, and formal affiliation of groups to al Qaeda central (a term he heard used by the media and, amazingly, appropriated)."

Blog Post - Technology and Policy

Is There a National Security Crisis in U.S. Education?

| Apr. 03, 2012

Last month the Council on Foreign Relations published a report co-authored by Joel I. Klein and Condoleezza Rice, titled, “U.S. Education Reform and National Security.” Giving voice to the work of its task force of 25 scholars and practitioners, the report sounded a call to arms from its opening sentence. “It will come as no surprise to most readers,” Klein and Rice wrote, “that America’s primary and secondary schools are widely seen as failing.” With that swift assertion the authors traveled quickly to their destination: we must test, have standards, and audit.

July 31, 2006: Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, near the Sudan border. On Apr. 5, 2012, Invisible Children, the California group that produced the video that went viral, posted a sequel on the Internet, Kony2012 Part II.

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Analysis & Opinions - Harvard Business Review

Viral By Design: Teams in the Networked World

| April 2, 2012

"The recent Kony2012 viral video offers proof that something special is happening as a result of all this connectedness: digital collaboration has come of age. Garnering 100 million YouTube views in six days — the fastest ever to reach that mark — Kony2012 demonstrated that digital collaboration can create astounding effects not possible just five years ago. Achieving those effects is no accident. While much is made of "emergent collaboration," Kony2012 went viral by design. The Invisible Children, Inc. team that masterminded the campaign comprised veteran media activists and fundraisers pursuing a common enough goal (a criminal's arrest), but using skills and means unique to the digital age...."

Analysis & Opinions - Reuters

Let's Tackle the Right Education Crisis

| April 2, 2012

"There is a crisis in American education worth going after hard. It's one we can fix, and only a fool wouldn't want to, whether its draped in the American flag or just sitting there quietly waiting to wreak havoc. Almost 1 million K-12 teachers — 29 percent of U.S. public school teachers — say they plan to quit within the next five years. Two years ago it was 17 percent. For those teachers with six to 20 years on the job — the heart of the batting order — 40 percent now say they plan to wave the white flag."

Book - Random House/Crown

Collaborate or Perish! Reaching Across Boundaries in a Networked World

| January 2012

In Collaborate or Perish!, former NYC Police Commissioner and LAPD Chief William Bratton joins forces with senior Harvard researcher Zachary Tumin to lay out a field-tested, streetwise playbook for collaborating across the boundaries of our networked world. Where everyone is connected, Bratton and Tumin argue, collaboration is the game-changer. Technology helps — but people make it happen.

U.S. Coast Guard OS1 Jerrod Sneller monitors vessel traffic along the Houston Ship Channel, Aug. 23, 2006. Multitudes of cameras and a control room packed with computer screens has increased the maritime military arm's ability to detect anything alarming

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Analysis & Opinions - Bloomberg

Teamwork Gave U.S. Clear Harbor View

| January 10, 2012

The vision was for the world's navies, ports and shippers to collaborate to protect shipping, harbors and cities from attack. But developing such a "concept of operations" was considered a challenge so large, it would take 18 months. That's right — 18 months just to create a plan. Meanwhile, U.S. ports and those of its allies would remain vulnerable. And U.S. warships and commercial vessels entering foreign harbors would remain blind to hidden perils, even though information about a dangerous ship, cargo or crew might well exist in another agency's or company’s database.

Report - Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

From Government 2.0 to Society 2.0: Pathways to Engagement, Collaboration and Transformation

| October 2011

In June 2010, 25 leaders of government and industry convened to Harvard University to assess the move to "Government 2.0" to date; to share insight to its limits and possibilities, as well as its enablers and obstacles; and to assess the road ahead. This is a report of that meeting, made possible by a grant from Microsoft.