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Mobile Knowledge: Presents and Presentity—A SIP Story
Posted: 12.08.05
By Lubna Dajani

Autumn is an enchanting time of year. The earth is dressed up in breathtaking colors, wrapped in luminescent blue skies and crisp air. Twinkling lights, crackling fires, holiday stories and jingles warm peoples’ hearts with a sense of renewal and the spirit of giving. Oh, and let’s not forget the wish lists and shopping sprees. Speaking of wish lists, last week my seven-year-old daughter handed me a double tall sheet of paper. It was meticulously taped together, packed with pictures and words. My eyes were immediately drawn to the glittery heading “Nina’s Christmas Wish List for Santa.” My face lit up with a heartfelt smile as I thought of how wonderful it is that my daughter still believes in old St. Nick.

My smile quickly morphed into an expression of shock as I read on. You see, the list was made up of three columns: picture of the item, item’s detailed description and finally a “where to find it” column. What got me was not all the Barbies, Bratzes and interactive games. Nor was it the mobile phone—incidentally, at the top of her list. It was the “where to find it” column that got me. I looked up at my daughter and said: Wow Nina, what a long list. I see you have here things from Barbie.com, Nickelodeon.com, oh and eBay.com! She interrupted me then to say “they have this game on “Buy it Now, Mommy” Ah, I said, do you think Santa shops on-line? She pondered and then said in her signature style, “Well, I don’t know, don’t think so, but Mommy, this is why you’re his helper.”

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Mobile Knowledge: RFID cards II: A rebuttal
Posted: 11.15.05
By Lubna Dajani

The battle between good and evil defines our history and dominates our news and psyche. Literature from ancient china to modern society is filled with axioms and clichés telling us that we live in a black and white world where each coin has two sides and every story has at least two sides, if not more. A few weeks ago my guest, Murray Slovick, shared with us some of his views and the potential privacy and security shortcomings of RFID implementations. Today, Tim Heffernan, director of government relations and public affairs at Symbol Technologies and vice chair for the RFID working group of the Information Technology Industry Council is here to share his views and the potential benefits or RFID. While today's story is not a direct rebuttal to Slovick's, it does tackle the same concept from a different point of view.

I did not know Tim Heffernan prior to posting the column, but I enjoyed the passion evident in his letter and even more so in his voice as we spoke on the phone. Here is some of what Tim had to say…

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Mobile Knowledge: The Age of Connectedness
Posted: 10.24.05
By Lubna Dajani

Communal by nature and fearful of the prospect of loneliness, we have an insatiable desire to talk. We may have not realized the extent of this desire until cheap mobile telephony enabled us to instantly satisfy the urge wherever and whenever we like. There's nothing new about telephony, which is why its rapid adoption in mobile form has been hardly surprising. What comes next? Well, nobody quite knows.

In this age of connectedness, however, it is expected that we shall move from a mobile telephony evolution to a mobile computing revolution. But before that happens there are a number of questions that need answers, especially since mobile computing is something entirely new to the masses. What is it good for and why do we need it? While definitive answers do not yet exist, this has not stopped us from building networks that supposedly will enable the mobile computing revolution. These are the so-called 3G networks.

To make sense of it all I have called on a dear friend and colleague, Mr. Paul Golding. Paul is an internationally renowned mobile consultant who holds many patents and has authored several books, including his current book titled “Next Generation Wireless Applications.” Paul is known for his creativity in an otherwise conservative industry. I have asked Paul to share his view on the mobile revolution in the age of connectedness. This is what he had to say…

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Mobile Knowledge: RFID Cards: Are they for Tracking People?
Posted: 09.26.05
By Lubna Dajani

Hello and welcome back to Mobile Knowledge. In my last posting “A Quantum Physicist's Perspective”, Dr. Walraven eloquently brought the issue of privacy in the connected world of tomorrow to center stage. After all, the dream of an existence rich with contextually relevant services can easily turn into the nightmare captured in Hollywood classics like “The Matrix” and “The Net”. A world where we, the people, become the extension of our cyber presence; the puppets at the end of a wire pulled by those who control the content rich network(s) within which our identities are held hostage.

Ouch, let's hope that this scenario is far from any realm of reality. But is it? Can we really be tagged, tracked and erased while others assume our identities and live our lives? I hope not, yet we all know that it is technically possible.

Did you know that the United States Government Printing Office has been testing electronic passports (e-passports) embedded with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips? RFID technology is a promising and affordable technology for tracking things, but is it ready for tracking people?

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Mobile Knowledge: A Quantum Physicist's Perspective
Posted: 09.07.05
By Lubna Dajani

Last week, I once more found myself sharing with you a personal experience and a vision of tomorrow's connected world. While I took on a journey through a connected world, where technology is exploited to serve the betterment of life, we also spoke of the painfully obvious alternatives where technology is used to exploit our lives. At the end, as usual, I asked you to please engage with me by sending me your thoughts and feedback. In today's posting, I am delighted to share with you exactly that. The feedback of a spiritually enlightened human, and a dear friend who happens to be one of the world's most distinguished quantum physicists, Jook Walraven, PhD. Jook is a professor of physics at the University of Amsterdam and is engaged in active research on the quantum-mechanical behavior of ultra-cold atomic gas clouds like those used in the atomic fountain clocks of modern telecommunication. Boy, do I keep smart company.

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Applied Wisdom and Cyber Cultures in a People Driven World
Posted: 08.15.05
By Lubna Dajani

In my last column I shared with you a personal experience and a vision of a future, a not so distant future that brings with it a connected world; one that weaves your physical, digital and spiritual states of being around you. Imagine a world where technology is a transparent enabler that seamlessly facilitates conveniences and quality-of-life services for people as individuals, communities and cultures. A harmonious and rich world with preference, presence and content orchestrated in the wisdom of context and coordinates. With you at the center of your universe, in your home, your car and anywhere that you may be, your assets, resources and support systems are within reach of your senses whenever you want them, in a form that you can use: simple, applicable, relevant and fun.

This vision of a globally connected world is not far fetched, rather it is an inevitable reality. It was not so long ago when the Internet revamped the communication infrastructure shattering geophysical boundaries by connecting us through a virtual world we often call cyberspace. Mobile technologies un-tethered these connections, allowing us to maintain contact while roaming about our physical world. In the genesis of tomorrow's world, our individual persona and relations are echoed throughout our cyberspace, freeing us beyond our physical boundaries, all while maintaining critical reference to our location in time, place and dimension.

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Welcome back to mobile knowledge
Posted: 07.29.05
By Lubna Dajani

Today let's talk about converting hindsight into foresight.

Have you thought about the difference between static data and applied knowledge? Let me give you an example of how I see it. When I sit at home and the invoice from my mobile service provider arrives in the mail, I am the end of a business process driven by static data; little to no personalization, simple usage calculations and cost functions processing. When I step off a plane in a foreign country and my mobile receives a welcome text from an associated mobile operator, hooking me up seamlessly to their network, then I start to sense some intelligence in the system. Not a lot, just a little.

For so long the knowledge of organizations was locked in accountancy type data, not really knowledge; just simple facts boxed in tables in the depths of files tucked away in folders. Then along came data warehousing, data mining, data exploitation and CRM—all looking inwards to the enterprise, all focusing on dissecting the data and reassembling it into coherent facts and hopefully food for forecasting. All spins on the all important quest for knowledge management. All good. All after-the-fact hindsight. All very 20th century!

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Hello and Welcome!
Posted: 07.15.05
By Lubna Dajani

Welcome to a new world, a changing world, where people are at the heart of the ever-evolving technology frontier.

My name is Lubna Dajani, and my professional background includes work in the fields of telecommunications, media and emerging technologies. My expertise are in leveraging emerging technologies to generate new revenue streams and identify opportunity in what may be perceived as a problem or challenge. By many I am considered to be a connector, a visionary and an enabler.

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