Do we really care about our data ?

It’s 3 days since the facebook data hack. It appears there’s so much more to the consequences than we thought. Because facebook is larger than life with more than 2 billion accounts and we are so connected to it for our daily work and life, we carry on despite all the warnings out there. The activists, governments and policy makers do not have much leverage in the face of rapid fire technological advances. There’s a concern, but nobody seems to know how to keep ourselves connected and secure at the same time. Let’s try with basic hygiene as a starter in this blog post. So what can we do to gain some control of our FB data ? Beginner Steps: I strongly suggest you, Change FB password now. Don’t use facebook login for other apps like airbnb, booking.com, spotify etc. At least in future don’t use facebook login for other apps. Advance Steps: Go to  Facebook’s ‘Security and login’ page in

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Is your phone getting slower ?

There’s an ongoing drama between Apple Inc. and iphone users. Users had complained their phones are getting slowed down. Apple admitted it is a technical glitch, and few customers have sued the company. Hardware or software issues had nothing to do with what slowed down my phone, it was something else. I’m a Samusung Note fan. Around the launch of Note 8, for about one month, I could feel my existing Note 5 getting slower. My insatiable appetite for the possession of a new shiny Note 8 was slowing down my Note 5. Of course my Note 5 is working pretty fine. I wrestled with my mind for a good one month, before giving up the idea of buying. In the process I understood the stickiness of modern day marketing bubble. I watched few note 8 videos made my fans on unboxing and performance reviews on youtube. When I went to facebook, ads from local vendors on Note 8 were

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Managing what will increases your success now?

The hype about information economy is everywhere. The headlines scream some audacious thinking. Information is the new crude oil. Data is driving business. Information is everything. Manage it or die. The thing is- information is now in abundance. We create enormous amounts of data. No one, even machines can not keep track of the amount of data we create. We create more than what we can consume. So we consume more. Here’s the catch. If information is the new crude oil, why we are not paying for 99% of the content out there in the internet ? We trade our attention for the abundance of information. The more information we get, the more attention we give. More the attention, the more income for the tech industry. The big brothers of information tech ( mainly facebook, Google, and Amazon) are courting for our attention. The battle is fierce. The more time we spend browsing them, the more income they get. Which

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Balancing social media

I went to tweetupSL 7 yesterday. I have missed last 2 years. So many new young faces, and the interactions gave me the flavour of young aspirations and new trends in social media. Right now, the intensity of  interaction is high, one of the main factors is the inclusion of local languages. It’s much more engaging when one can type in your own language. Good to see some old faces at #TweetupSL, may be not that old 😜Full Album here: https://t.co/PR2B6oUcqCGo Tag yourselves… pic.twitter.com/zK3pERAyW7 — Dialog Axiata (@dialoglk) December 17, 2017 On twitter, we follow so many unknown people. It’s great to meet someone in person after I had followed and interacted with them for like 3 years. Most of the time, when I meet in person, I see a different personality from his or her online presence. So yeah, we have our split personalities: online and offline. This very core human nature brings in numerous issues and tensions on

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Attention: Apply urgently.

  “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing, knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” ~ Leonardo Da Vinci I’m surprised about how much busy we are. No one seems to have time. Parents don’t have time for their kids. Managers don’t have time for their staff. And yet what happened to that promise of technology will make our lives much easier, speedier and better ? Da Vinci’s statement above is a paradox in modern times. He mentions urgency, and applying. Well we all are busy, ain’t we ? Working at office with inbox, whatsapp, facebook, instagram and twitter open is not urgency nor applying. It is simply distraction. What Da Vinci wants us to apply urgently is our attention. Reading about the maestro himself, I found how immersed he had been about his work. Nothing in the world – absolutely nothing would distract him from the work he had

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Is giving tabs/smartphones an answer ?

Someone asked me “Do you think giving smartphones and tabs to school teachers , students and government officials, a good answer ?” My answer was ” It depends on the answer you are seeking ” Yes, you may solve the accessibility problem. May be that will help the receiver be more connected. But with out training on content and tools ( let’s say apps) most of them will drift off to the vast ocean of interesting stuff like social media. Desired things like productivity and creativity doesn’t come easy. Internet is full of easy stuff. Judgment and knowledge on hygiene while on internet are crucial. May be we all need it.

Breaking point

Every single human being has a breaking point. Whatever the situation, hygiene of the mind is important. Whatever we put in to our mind, it takes hold of us as the reality, if we feed too much of the same. If you scroll through FaceBook, every moment you get a chance to look in to your phone, you will be very much conditioned by your feed. Your ability to be in the moment will be compromised. If you watch too much crime/war drama, your ability to see humans as peace loving will be very low. If you have abusive, bullying friends, your ability to treat other people with goodness will be less likely. If you have low trust with in your team, your next action better be trustworthy. Every action you take otherwise will be another step towards the breaking point. Everyone has a breaking point for everything. Gossip brewed in news channels, pushes audience to their breakpoint of critical thinking. May

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​Why is it hard to get news ?

With internet democratising the knowledge space, why is it I’m finding ever so hard to believe in news I get ? The world used to get joy from watching parody shows. It was not just laughter, but good education too on issues that mattered. The real news is now parody like.  First, most of the actual news is absurd and puke worthy.  Then Media giants make their recipe of  click bait headlines. Then social media posts. Then parodies. Then parodies on parodies. Then more social media.  Fake news , fake facts spread like wildfire. The collateral damage of omnipresent social media accessibility. In the morning I used to get my daily dose of news through Twitter and Facebook. I have given up on Twitter and Facebook as news sources. They are ( it’s actually us, our contributions make those news feeds ) now just about pushing things faster, more.  It’s absolutely excruciating to decipher facts.  So how to survive this

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The other side of ratings

I was waiting for my ride on Uber when I saw on app that the driver had a 3.5 rating. Only 3.5 ? A sudden irritation crept inside me. What could this 3.5 number mean? Is he a reckless driver? Is he bad with using maps? is he mean? may be his car is in bad shape? These thoughts circled my mind for the 5 minutes he took to arrive. Reflecting on my mind state, I questioned my self “what if I had not seen the rating?” I decided to act like I hadn’t seen his rating. I got in. I was welcomed to a wide smile of a young man in his mid twenties. To my surprise he drove exceptionally well. No crazy changing of lanes, no abrupt brakes, and he was very courteous. He had been driving for 6 days on Uber. There can be many reasons for his 3.5 rating. I judged him on his rating alone.

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Focus on customer behaviour

Arguments about technology changing needs of the customer is exciting, winding and depressing, because our assumptions are based on popular all or nothing trends. No, people don’t queue up for change in straight lines. It’s messy. So instead of zooming in on trends, try to zoom out and watch behaviour changes of people. You don’t need to be a tech wizard to observe people’s behaviours. If tech changes everything, why there is still demand for printed books? printed news papers ? If tech makes old structures go down, why Uber struggles in China, Taiwan and many East Asian countries ? If digital music is the bomb, why still people call radio stations and request songs? Seriously? While tech changes behaviour, it is vital to understand it doesn’t completely change the world as found in excited speeches of futurists. Strike a balance when you do your business planning.