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About francisds

I guide clients in choosing technology solutions to bring about change in how they engage with their constituents. I work by generating ideas and shaping opportunities that lead to implemented solutions. My specialization is in the design of solutions comprising business and community technologies. I thrive with simplifying complex tasks. I am passionate about societal engagement and business to community collaboration.

The rise of Robotic Journalism.

This article about The Washington Post’s use of robots to generate news items during the ongoing Olympics is interesting (Axel Winter, thanks for sharing). I find it interesting for two reasons i) the evolution of content management technology and ii) the implications … Continue reading

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Digital Society … 10 years on

On 23rd May 2006 I shared my thoughts around the notion of “Digital Society” at a First Tuesday meeting. I pitched the idea of “Norway as a test bed” for digital services. And then in 2007 I pitched for “Digital Modernization”. I had … Continue reading

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Consumers adapt faster than enterprises would like to believe

Consumers adapt to digital faster than one would imagine. Its happening slowly or fast depending on ones’ perspective. This Wired post captures the essence of our digital society. http://www.wired.com/2014/12/google-maps-ground-truth  Since the ’90s we’ve gone from glove boxes stuffed with paper maps to floorboards littered … Continue reading

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The Industrial internet and platform-thinking

This conversation is probably one of the best I’ve listened to in a long time. It provides a nice context to understand the notions of the Cloud, Big Data, Internet of Things, Bring-your-own-device and mobility. These buzzwords come to life … Continue reading

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Government as a platform – hype or real?

The Gov 2.0 Expo last month provided a wealth of knowledge about how governments can actually be transformed to serve as platforms. What I found interesting about the Expo — I was not present, just following from a distance – … Continue reading

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Citizen-centered apps

The wave of making public data available continues as more countries adopt the model set by the US data.gov initiative – latest is the UK government’s data.gov.uk. Expectedly, it did not take long before sectors like transportation and law identified areas … Continue reading

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Social media and healthcare

This weekend Aftenposten carried different stories around the cost of healthcare (for eg here and here – Norwegian texts). The technocrats and the bureaucrats will haggle about numbers and details while politicians extol the virtues of their party programs — … Continue reading

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