Innovation in the era of #Coronavid19

I’m pleased to see so many organizations in the technology sector jump into tackling COVID-related healthcare issues with a wide range of new applications and services.

I’ve highlighted several of these innovative applications on Twitter. The growing list includes AI helping to speed COVID test results, a friendly robot that teaches kids how to wash their hands, robots that sanitize hospitals and robots that offer companionship to high-risk elderly patients confined to healthcare facilities.

I agree with the many industry experts who are stating that the global pandemic will be a huge factor in driving the next wave of digital transformation.

We’ve already seen employers worldwide implement work at home strategies, schools move to distance learning, online eCommerce activities surge and museums and theaters offer streaming and virtual displays of collections and performances.

It will be interesting to see the applications that come next as people worldwide get used to many of these new living and working norms.

In the meantime, we all need to stay safe and help others where and when we can. Here’s hoping the virus passes quickly and the new norms bring new opportunities to everyone. – Russ DeVeau

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Parsons School of Design and the concept of new

My New School and Parsons alumni and invitational mailings used to go to my Provincetown P.O. Box, which typically meant I would get them sometime in March. This happened for a good chunk of the last fifteen years.

I was more than fine catching up on Parsons mail once a year or so, but that kind of schedule did prevent me from staying current on key events and activities the school would hold in New York City throughout the year.

I got this invitation in New York last month. It’s the first alumni mailing I’ve received from Parsons since moving back to New York City a couple years ago.

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I will likely go to this October event given I appreciate how Parsons seems to be a bit ahead of the curve when it comes to incorporating augmented, mixed and virtual reality into its design curriculum.

I’ve been researching – and working with – some of these next generation design tools from a marketing and technology perspective for quite some time. I’m anxious to see what Parsons is teaching – and what students may be delivering – when it comes to these incredibility interesting and fast-moving initiatives.

I like the design of this semi-glossy mailer. It has a clean look with a bold and simple message and a stylish and fun-to-look-at logo and font.

While the concept of “new” can be overused in parts of the art world, I think the term fits perfectly when it comes to the focus of this event and some of the cutting-edge work Parsons and its faculty and students are know for among art and design communities worldwide. – Russ DeVeau

 

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Honored to be working with RTI on content development and messaging

I’m both honored and excited to be working on some content development and messaging programs for RTI, a growing international company with a strong history in the industrial IoT and global leadership in the DDS (Data Distribution Service) specification.

DDS is a standard for advancing real-time, data-centric IIoT applications. These are the applications where millisecond decision-making based on real-time quality data is critical and include autonomous vehicles and a wide range of mission-critical apps found in the healthcare, robotics, transportation and space industries.

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One of my roles with RTI focuses on expanding social media communities and raising the visibility of RTI among target audiences. My first several pieces of content developed for the company have gone a long way in expanding visibility on social channels and in driving top-notch analytics and engagements.

These two pieces of content follow my basic best practices for generating social media results. I am usually always a fan of content images that include clear key messages and text that is easy to read on any social media feed and from any device.

If you’re’ interested in even more of my thinking when it comes to social media and content development successes, my driving the fog computing conversation content development portfolio and case study may be a fun read. – Russ DeVeau

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World’s first 5G phone released…

Samsung has released the world’s first 5G phone.

This is a big deal for advancing the next generation of mobile applications and an important industry first.

I’m a big fan of positioning and promoting industry firsts. This is because a true industry first – typically, a first that can be easily validated by a top tier industry analyst firm – is often a valuable proof point for establishing market leadership and for generating short- and long-term buzz among target markets.

Kudos to Samsung for getting out of the 5G smartphone gate first.

It will be interesting to see how the Samsung phone evolves, and just as interesting to see how it compares to 5G phones that are expected to be released by other smartphone manufacturers over the next few years.

Several of my clients believe 5G will be the catalyst for advancing digital transformation initiatives and will spark the development of a wide range of new and innovative edge and fog computing applications in the automation, IoT, robotics, self-driving vehicles and smart city industries.

Speaking of clients, I had the had opportunity to work on some of Samsung’s leadership positioning in the energy efficiency and Green IT spaces. It’s great to see the company taking an early lead in the 5G smartphone market.

Take a look at what TechRadar’s Mark Knapp has to say about some of the features included in Samsung’s first 5G phone here. – Russ DeVeau

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A fog computing content development and marketing case study and portfolio

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I just posted a case study and content portfolio focused on some of the community building, messaging and content development and marketing programs I recently completed for the OpenFog Consortium.

Driving the Fog Conversation is a fun look at some of the proactive strategies and tactics I developed and implemented to drive global awareness of fog computing and to promote and populate Fog World Congress, the first international conference focused entirely on edge and fog computing.

The case study introduces fog computing and talks about some of the challenges involved in implementing a results-driven content development and marketing program from the ground up and on a time crunch. It discusses the importance of education and key messages in a proactive campaign and outlines some of the top-notch results achieved when it came to building community and driving standing room only crowds.

Some phenomenal analytics are also highlighted. In fact, this Industry 4.0 campaign delivered some of the best analytics I have ever generated during a short-term proactive program.

The content portfolio shows some of the branded content and messages I developed to position fog computing and Fog World Congress. I remain a big fan of many of the content styles I used in this extremely proactive program including the bold and simple messages that stand out in all social media feeds.

Read the case study here, the content portfolio here and a bit more about my experience supporting global tech consortia and a wide range of tech events here. – Russ DeVeau

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Related:

The IDDYs: a prestigious award, an industry first and content development and marketing on a global scale

What’s your favorite tech event?

DiCorcia at Tramps gallery

I saw the Philip Lorca diCorcia exhibit yesterday at the Tramp gallery in Chinatown.

I became familiar with diCorcia’s work in photography after living for several years at 80 Elizabeth Street in Hartford, Connecticut, a modern house built in 1951 and designed by diCorcia’s father, Philip Joseph diCorcia.

I’ve seen several of the photographs Tramps included in the exhibit in diCorcia’s books, and in MoMA’s online collection of diCorcia’s work. The two Mario photographs on diCorcia’s MoMA page were taken inside 80 Elizabeth Street.

This was the first time I viewed diCorcia’s work in person. His unique photographs and extraordinary eye for detail tell powerful and often moving stories.

This was also my first time visiting Tramps at 75 East Broadway. It’s an interesting space, for sure.

The gallery is on the second floor of a small Chinatown shopping mall located directly under the Manhattan Bridge.

There are several shops on the main level. A food store and outdoor fruit and vegetable market are located in the back of the first floor.

The gallery is entered by taking the stairs or elevator to the second floor where there are a couple more shops and where Tramps has taken over many of the relatively small spaces.

The second floor spaces were clearly designed for office or retail use. Some of the spaces are empty and some are in need of maintenance and repair.

But the converted retail shops work beautifully as exhibition spaces and the diCorcia exhibit showed well in these areas.

There’s been a bit of a public dust-up pertaining to the appropriateness of using this Chinatown shopping location as an art gallery.

I’m a fan of how Tramps has transformed a good part of what appears to be difficult to rent spaces into a gallery. It’s a very unique space in a building I enjoyed visiting.

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I took these pictures yesterday. The upper image shows the exterior of 75 East Broadway. Tramps is on the second floor of this Chinatown retail mall. The bottom three images give a glimpse of some of the converted retail spaces used by Tramps during the diCorcia exhibition.

The diCorcia exhibit closes this coming Sunday, on April 14th. – Russ DeVeau

The Children’s Museum considers move to former Hartford College for Women campus

A post focused on my Hartford College for Women (HCW) and pre-#womenintech days…

It’s great to see The Children’s Museum – currently located in West Hartford, CT – considering a move to the now mostly closed down HCW campus.

It’s also great to see that Conny the whale, a fun landmark and very large educational attraction located outside the museum, will be included in any potential move.

I can easily picture Conny relocated to HCW’s main green, the front of Butterworth Hall, or installed at the intersection of Asylum Avenue and Elizabeth Street to welcome visitors to the museum’s new location and to Hartford’s historic West End.

It’s interesting to see the West End community appearing to embrace this move. Hartford College for Women neighbors have frequently – and for the most part, understandably so – voiced strong opposition to any significant changes to the former HCW campus.

I’m hoping this move takes place. The University of Hartford closed Hartford College for Women in 2003. Since then many of the college’s buildings have fallen into a severe state of disrepair.

It’s more than time for new and caring owners to take over the HCW campus. The Children’s Museum may be the perfect candidate for helping to rejuvenate this very special property.

Read the We-Ha news story on the potential move here.

I blog casually about my days working in facilities management, marketing and special events at HCW here. – Russ DeVeau

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Conny the Whale, a replica of a sperm whale, is currently located in front of the Children’s Museum in West Hartford. Photo credit: Ronni Newton via We-Ha news.

Machine learning tools for content creators…curation

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Curation is an excellent example of a machine learning tool content creators and marketing teams can implement today to help realize a wide range of community building, positioning, search and visibility goals.

I’ve been using curation technologies for well over a decade. My first successes with curation came during the years when I served as the content and public relations lead for the launch of Kantara Initiative.

Back then we incorporated Yahoo Pipes technologies into Kantara’s community page to continuously showcase digital identity news and trends on the Kantara website.

I show an image of what the curated Kantara site looked like in the post, Yahoo Pipes and web aggregation as a strategic communications strategy and talk more about curation strategies in the posts, Russ DeVeau on curation attribution and Curation in the era of fake news.

Fast forward to today and curation platforms continue to evolve and improve significantly – and these improvements are due largely to automation and machine learning.

I launched the Sustainable ICT Daily several years ago when I was managing content development and marketing for Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI). The pages – made up of content I personally curated – were an important tactic for placing messages and showcasing CSCI executives and initiatives on a regular basis.

I launched the Edge and Fog Computing Daily last year when I was managing community and content development for the OpenFog Consortium. It took a while for this platform to deliver the results I wanted to see mainly because edge and fog were relatively new subjects at the time. There wasn’t enough content on web and social feeds to regularly produce and distribute a high-quality curated page on edge and fog computing.

Machine learning processes continuously improve based on a steady stream of quality data. As the edge and fog computing conversation moved more into the mainstream – driven in part by the content I developed for OpenFog and Fog World Congress 2017 – the Edge and Fog Computing Daily became a valuable and widely distributed resource for aggregated news and content on edge and fog computing.

The experts at Adobe have stated that machine learning tools for content creators will save time. The Edge and Fog Daily is automated based on my preferences for key words and hashtags. Machine learning allows the curation process to regularly improve results. Beyond a review of  the headlines included in the daily report, I don’t spend any time on the curation or distribution process.

Curation has proven to be a valuable component of many of my most successful  communications campaigns and programs. Machine learning helps ensure the results are exceptional. – Russ DeVeau

Related:

A fog computing content development and marketing case study and portfolio

Artificial intelligence and machine learning for content creators…not yet, but it’s coming

How fog computing is enabling augmented reality…#womenintech

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A nice read by Network World’s Jon Gold on how fog computing can advance augmented reality initiatives.

The article gives an interesting perspective on some of challenges that need to be addressed as augmented reality moves more and more into the mainstream.

It’s one of the first stories I’ve seen highlighting some of the security issues associated with the fast-moving augmented reality space.

The story features the work of Dr. Maria Gorlatova, a professor at Duke University.

I had the opportunity to hear Gorlatova speak when she was in New York City at a tech event in the spring of 2017, and then again in Santa Clara at Fog World Congress 2017.

Her innovative work in edge and fog computing is laying the groundwork for advancing a wide range of Industry 4.0 initiatives.

Read the full article here. – Russ DeVeau

Artificial intelligence…a job killer for content creators?

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I’ve been blogging and tweeting quite a bit about how artificial intelligence and machine learning are positioned to dramatically change the way marketers and social media teams create and distribute content.

Many content development tools based on these Industry 4.0 initiatives are in the relatively early stage of development and use.

Content curation however, a tool I have leveraged for over a decade to add strategic value to a wide range of proactive programs in the cloud, data center, edge computing and security industries, is one excellent example of how machine learning is delivering value to content creators and marketing teams today.

I write about machine learning and content creation in the post, Machine learning tools for content creators…curation.

Matt Cimaglia, founder of Cimaglia Productions, offers another perspective on how content creators are leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning today in a feature story published last month in Entrepreneur.

The Future of Video Advertising Is Artificial Intelligence offers a candid and detailed look at how artificial intelligence is transforming video production. The story outlines how videos have been produced historically and describes how the process changes when an algorithm is thrown into the production mix. From the article:

The algorithm can cut a different video ad in milliseconds. Instead of taking one day to edit one video, it could compile hundreds of videos, each slightly different and tailored to specific viewers based on their user data. Then, as the video analytics flows in, the algorithm can edit the video in real-time, too — instead of waiting a week to analyze and act on viewer behavior, the algorithm can perform instantaneous A/B tests, optimizing the company’s investment in a day.

Cimaglia goes on to boldly state that artificial intelligence will make human video editors obsolete.

That’s quite a transformation story and a great example of how artificial intelligence is dramatically changing the content development industry today.

I am generally a fan of promotional videos that are educational, somewhat fun to watch and relatively short in length.

This was true 15 years ago when I launched my first promotional video on YouTube, just as true during the time when I was managing content and video promotion for organizations such as the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, the OpenFog Consortium and the Open Data Center Alliance, and remains true today as advertising and promotional videos populate feeds on every major social media platform.

As a key message development expert, I tend to judge promotional videos based on how well messages are communicated.

Key messages always matter – no matter what the medium – but are even more critical when many of today’s marketing and promotional videos range from six to 15 seconds in length.

Some of my favorite key messages tend to be those that are conversational, easy to repeat and clearly stand out on social media feeds.

Will artificial intelligence take over the key message development process?

If the adoption of artificial intelligence continues in the marketing industry at such a rapid pace, I’m betting the answer to that question is yes. – Russ DeVeau

Bringing a bit of clarity to the edge and fog computing discussion…some terms and definitions

russ deveau twitter fog edge mecHaving worked with data center, enterprise cloud and Industry 4.0 executives for the past several years, I know how confusing terms related to IoT and edge and fog computing can be to anyone looking to get up to speed on these fast-moving technologies.

The OpenFog Consortium – an organization I have supported on the messaging and content development and marketing fronts – has done a good job detailing some of the terms related to fog computing in its glossary of terms.

The team at State of the Edge has also assembled a list of edge computing terms and definitions.

But even with quality resources, confusion often abounds when it comes to understanding terms related to IoT and edge and fog computing.

This is why it was good to see Mike Krell’s end-of-year piece in RCR Wireless News, which details his take on some of these topics and trends.

It’s a nice read for understanding terms and differentiators and outlines some of the benefits these Industry 4.0 technologies can deliver.

Read Krell’s full article here. – Russ DeVeau

Related:

IoT in New York City – an open standards point of view

How fog computing is enabling augmented reality

Where do industry experts see IoT going in 2019?

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A nice new year read by the folks at IoT For All.

The story is based on interviews with 120 experts to examine where IoT is headed this year.

No big surprise to see 5G, cloud, edge computing and smart cities called out as key focus areas.

But as a content creator, it was exciting – and a bit of a surprise – to see augmented reality included on the list.

Read the entire story here for a nice overview of what may be some of the hottest trends in IoT this year. – Russ DeVeau

Related:

IoT in New York City – an open standards point of view

Speaking points and Intel’s “all in” IoT message

A big day for standards news

russ deveau twitter open standardsMany industry experts have stated that open standards will help speed the deployment of a wide range of Industry 4.0 and IoT initiatives.

This is why it was good to see these two moves take place in the standards world today.

IEEE ISTO announced the formation of the Uptane Alliance, a new organization focusing on the development of security standards for connected cars and the automotive industry.

The Industrial Internet Consortium and the OpenFog Consortium announced that the two organizations will merge to further advance IoT and edge and fog computing.

Perhaps 2019 will be the year the industry sees some pretty significant output from the standards bodies working to advance open and interoperable IoT systems. – Russ DeVeau

 

 

A crypto coin bloodbath ahead?

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I’ve been following crypto coin and token initiatives for quite some time, mainly because a few of the players in the space have done a good job positioning in the edge and fog computing markets, two areas I have covered and promoted for the past two years.

I am not an investor in any cryptocurrency and it’s highly unlikely I will ever invest in the crowded, continuously evolving and increasingly turbulent coin industry.

There are hundreds and hundreds of coins in the market today. Many have struggled to gain traction after an initial coin offering (ICO), several have proven to be scams and many have failed.

It’s an interesting space, for sure. Many of the developer, research and scientific teams working on coin initiatives have exciting stories to tell. Interesting white papers and use cases published by coin marketing and research teams abound.

But I haven’t seen any significant differentiators from some of the most visible players in the altcoin space. Beyond a handful of vertical specific applications and some well publicized use cases, leadership appears – at least at this stage of the game – to be up for grabs.

There’s a lot of marketing hype associated with the coin industry. This is driven in part by the many large – and often extremely aggressive – communities that work hard to up the visibility of the coins they represent across almost every social media platform.

I regularly attend and cover a wide range of #nyctech events. I’ve gone to four New York City Meetups focused on three different coin initiatives this year.

Content for every one of those meetings focused largely on use cases and marketing collateral. But curiously enough, no presenter ever discussed how the coins they represent relate to the use cases reviewed at these sessions.

Last night I went to the Economics of Data, Decentralization and Distributed Ledgers Meetup in Manhattan. The panel was sponsored by IOTA New York City and featured IOTA’s Kevin Chen, Wikimedia’s Kaitlin Thaney, tech writer and VC McKenna Walsh and Ed Maguire from Momenta Partners.

Chen highlighted autonomous vehicles and smart city applications as potential use cases for the IOTA platform.

These two Industry 4.0 initiatives are currently experiencing phenomenal growth in markets around the world. So it was not a surprise to hear IOTA discuss these use cases last night.

It was a bit of a surprise however, to hear McKenna Walsh’s view on the coin market.

When asked by an audience member what she thought of the state of the coin industry, Walsh responded by saying that she believes a bloodbath is coming and that almost every coin will fail.

Walsh went on to say that coins making it through the turmoil that will likely occur in 2019, should consider reorganizing to focus on specializing in one use case, and then grow from there.

In a crypto market seemingly under constant pressure to perform, this could be very smart advice for coin enthusiasts, investors and marketers. – Russ DeVeau

I took the pictures above at last night’s event. Top image, from left to right – Kevin Chen, Ed Maguire and Kaitlin Thaney. Bottom left image – Ed Maguire and Kaitlin Thaney. Bottom right image – Kaitlin Thaney and McKenna Walsh.

Related:

-IoT in New York City – an open standards point of view

Mingling with the Knightscope #robots in #NYC!

 

Mingling with the Knightscope #robots in #NYC!

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Next generation security monitoring on display at @iKnightscope in New York City.

These R2-D2 lookalikes move around interior and exterior spaces to help keep people and places safe. They are in use in several cities around world.

I had the opportunity to meet these little guys during yesterday’s first ever New York Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and AI tech Meetup.

The meeting was held at the Knightscope showroom at 501 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan where I had a discussion with a Knightscope representative about cloud, edge and fog computing. These robots leverage Amazon’s cloud.

The Knightscope showroom is a haven for selfie takers and for anyone interested in seeing how robots are being used in the security space today. I saw many people stop in front of the showroom to watch in amazement as these smart robots moved around and interacted with people inside and outside the store.

Knightscope has many opportunities to position in the robotics and security spaces. The company has an incredibly fun and extremely timely industry 4.0 story to tell. – Russ DeVeau

Before #womenintech…my Hartford College for Women blog

russ deveau at hartford college for women tech bloghas moved to a WordPress site.

I outgrew the capabilities of Scoop.it where I’ve had thousands of views and a lot of great feedback on the Hartford College for Women content I’ve posted to date.

I’m also honored to have received a gold badge for excellence from the Scoop.it history community for the content I’ve posted since launching the site back in 2015.

I’ll update the new WordPress site on a somewhat regular basis.

The images above are of me and Beth Davis in Butterworth Hall. The top left photo was taken in the early 1990s. The other three photos were taken in the exact same spot in 2017 when Beth and I met on campus for a tour and reunion. – Russ DeVeau

 

 

 

Artificial intelligence and machine learning for content creators…not yet, but it’s coming

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I’ve been following how artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning may impact marketing and content development for the past year or so, mainly because I am always on the hunt for new ways to improve my own content and content development processes.

Last night I had the opportunity to learn a bit more about these technologies from some of the tech and creative experts who are developing and using artificial intelligence and machine learning tools today.

The team at Ustwo hosted a Designing with AI panel at their offices – a great space on lower Broadway – focused on AI, machine learning and computational creativity. The panel featured input from Google’s Mathew Ray, Adobe’s Patrick Hebron and New York University’s Allison Parish. Ustwo’s Dave Fisher served as panel moderator.

This group of experts discussed some of the AI and machine learning tools developers, technology and creative teams are currently using to create a range of interesting content.

While the technologies the group discussed were interesting to hear about, the demos included in the presentation appeared to be works in progress. They were cool to see, but the tools used to create those demos could not be used to satisfy my – albeit, relatively selfish – goal of leaving the session with pointers to tools I could incorporate into my content development strategies today.

Some of the tools discussed last night seemed to be in their infancy and have been developed based largely on community input and the collaborative collection of data. And data of course, matters. Machine learning requires the appropriate data to constantly improve processes and output.

Hebron did not discuss any Adobe tools during last night’s event. But it does appear that Adobe is hoping to lead in the development of AI and machine learning tools for the marketing industry. This isn’t surprising given how popular Photoshop is among content creators worldwide.

Adobe has posted a few interesting articles about AI and machine learning on their website and highlights extreme time saving as one important benefit for content creators.

While the widespread use of AI and machine learning for content creators may be a few years off, tools and apps for incorporating a degree of augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) into strategic content are becoming available on a somewhat regular basis.

It’s looking like Apple, Snapchat, Magic Leap and Unity are among the early leaders in key AR and VR initiatives, and that the advertising industry will drive some phenomenal growth in these markets during the next two or three years.

I’ve been tweeting about augmented and virtual reality for the past several months in order to showcase how some of these initiatives are helping to transform the advertising and marketing industries. I’ll continue to post on these evolving technologies – with a slant toward market research and to showcase new tools for content creators – on a somewhat regular basis.

In the meantime, I’m always interested in networking with other market research and content development pros who may be experimenting with, using, or researching next generation technologies from the content creator point point of view. Get in touch with me on LinkedIn or Twitter if you’d like to connect.

The picture above is from last night’s event, which was the third Designing with AI session Ustwo has sponsored this year. From left to right, Googles’s Mathew Ray, Adobe’s Patrick Hebron, New York University’s Allison Parrish and Ustwo’s Dave Fisher.

The image below is from a video I posted on Twitter of a new Pepsi Max ad. The video provides a great example of how augmented and virtual reality are changing advertising and demonstrates how powerful these technologies can be when it comes to promoting brand awareness. – Russ DeVeau

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Curation in the era of fake news

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I wrote about curation and attribution several years ago when content curation was all the rage and when a lively and often heated discussion on curation attribution was occurring within the industry analyst and social media communities. That post – Russ DeVeau on curation attribution – introduces a couple best practices for attribution of curated content and discusses some of my experiences working with early aggregation and curation technologies.

Fast forward to today and curation and attribution are once again driving headlines. This is partly because a Washington Post journalist was recently fired due to lax attribution of curated content, a practice that came pretty close to plagiarism. In this instance, curation generally refers to when a journalist or blogger monitors news and other content issued by a competitor and then moves quickly to write and post a story based on what the competitor has already released.

This type of curation is extremely common in media outlets where there is constant pressure to break and post news.

But in a communications era where charges of fake news are made every single day, and in an era when a journalist can ruin their career and do real harm to their employer’s brand by publishing a story based on content taken from a competitor’s news or social feed, there can be no room for any activity that comes close to resembling plagiarism when it comes to news and content development.

Journalists, bloggers, content creators and writers can help eliminate the fake news mantra if we demonstrate the highest standards when it comes to ensuring originality in the content and stories we create, and by sourcing – as appropriate – content developed by others.

My first editor used to refer to the rule of three when it came to source attribution. He would say that using any more than three words in a row from a source without clear attribution can boarder on plagiarism. That’s a rule I’ve stuck to for the last two decades and a rule I regularly communicate to interns and content development teams.

I’ll talk about the somewhat related practice of acquiring fake followers and friends – an issue Twitter is currently moving to address – in the era of fake news in a future post. – Russ DeVeau

Helping to drive the fog computing conversation in markets around the world

Such an honor to have this LinkedIn reference from Lynne Canavan!

“I had the privilege and pleasure to work with Russ over the past year at the OpenFog Consortium, where Russ quickly became a highly-valued member of our marketing team. Russ was responsible for more than doubling our number of relevant and highly engaged community members across Twitter and LinkedIn in a very short period of time. Through his efforts, the organization became a global leader in the emerging industry conversation on fog computing. Our content was credible, relevant and was thoughtfully / cleverly packaged to gain attention and to keep our messages in front of the right audiences. I’ve been blown away, week after week, at what he delivers. He is quick thinking, creative, fun to work with – plus he executes flawlessly. Quite simply, Russ is the best at community building and social media.”

Lynne was the executive director of the OpenFog Consortium when I met her at a New York City tech event early last year. Shortly after we met, I took on community building, social media and messaging for several OpenFog initiatives.

My time this summer got super booked as I began working my way through a waiting list of projects I’ve had on hold for a while. So, a fresh set of eyes have taken over OpenFog social media. My last piece of OpenFog content was posted on July 10, in a tweet announcing that IDC’s Ashish Nadkarni will be speaking at Fog World Congress 2018.

I had a lot of fun working with the OpenFog team to help position OpenFog, fog computing and Fog World Congress in markets around the world.

Speaking of Fog World Congress, I attended and promoted the first Fog World Congress held last fall in Santa Clara. This year, Fog World Congress is taking place in San Francisco on October 1- 3. It’s a not-to-miss event for anyone interested in learning about edge and fog computing from global experts.

The image below includes pictures I took at Fog World Congress 2017. Lynne Canavan is pictured on the top row, all the way on the right. Lynne was welcoming hundreds of attendees to the conference when I took this picture. – Russ DeVeau

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A writer’s gotta write…#industry4.0 #industrie4.0

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I was recently asked to consider collaborating on a new book focused largely on some of the issues, technologies and organizations helping to drive the Industry 4.0 (Industrie 4.0 for my pals in Europe) revolution. It’s an honor to be asked to participate in the book and an even greater honor to be crossing paths with many of the players in the digital transformation industry as I look at preparing for the project.

It’s been a long time since my first technology book, Fiber Optic Lighting, A Guide for Specifiers, was published. That book was one of the first books written on the subject of how fiber optics could be used to illuminate architectural and museum environments. With original research sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the educational text was well reviewed, released in multiple languages, and acquired by libraries around the world.

The publishing industry has changed dramatically since I wrote Fiber Optic Lighting, A Guide for Specifiers. But the need for high-quality and well-written resources designed to help a wide range of audiences get up to speed on new technologies has not. This is why I’m looking forward to participating in the development of a book focused on Industry 4.0 initiatives. It’s an exciting time to be writing about this fast-moving industry.

The photo above shows two of the covers that were used for my book on fiber optics. The photo on the left is of the first edition of the book, which was published by UpWord Publishing. UpWord was a firm launched by Craig DiLouie. Craig, at the time, was also Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Lighting Magazine, a top-tier media outlet where I’ve contributed articles focused on lighting technology and design. The image on the right is of an updated version of the book published by the Fairmont Press.

I wrote part of this book at the art center at 111 First Street in Jersey City, where I shared studio and loft space with my friend Irina Nahkova.

I started the book when I was living at 80 Elizabeth Street in Hartford, Connecticut, the former residence of the diCorcia family. The 80 Elizabeth Street home was designed by Philip J. diCorcia, with input from Philip Johnson.

The art center and 80 Elizabeth Street were often great environments to create and write.

I discuss the diCorcia home in a bit more detail – and show a few pictures of how the house looked during the years when I lived at 80 Elizabeth Street – on my Hartford College for Women blog. – Russ DeVeau

Forest Hills Stadium summer concert series

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I went with colleagues and friends to see the Belle and Sebastian concert at the Forest Hills Stadium last Friday night. It was a fantastic show performed in an almost sold out venue.

I had never seen a Belle and Sebastian concert before. Their fans are a fun – and appear to be an incredibly loyal – crowd. Everyone in my group had a great time.

I lived on Burns Street – on the first floor of 736 Burns Street – in Forest Hills Gardens for a few years several years ago. The stadium was pretty much abandoned and in need of extensive repairs during the years when I lived in the area. At that time, there was a lot of talk about razing the facility and turning the property into a condominium complex.

I moved away from the Gardens in the mid-2000s to work in Europe – spending time with clients in London and Paris – and to live and work in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Provincetown, Massachusetts. Fast-forward to today and I’m back in Forest Hills – this time on 71st Avenue – and the Forest Hills Stadium appears to be thriving.

The Belle and Sebastian performance marked the kick-off of what is now the fifth year of summer concerts to be held at the stadium since renovations to the facility have occurred. The historic building – which in its day has hosted the infamous Billie Jean King and Bobbi Riggs ‘tennis match of the sexes,’ and performances from superstars such as  The Beatles, Barbara Streisand and Frank Sinatra – looks great and was staffed with an incredible number of super friendly people.

I am always reminded of my days working at Hartford College for Women (HCW) whenever I spend time in Forest Hills Gardens. This is because the HCW campus is located in the West End of Hartford, Connecticut, a neighborhood that includes stately homes and mansions that were built around the time many of the homes in Forest Hills Gardens were built, and because Forest Hills Gardens and portions of the HCW campus were originally landscaped by the Olmsted brothers and Frederick Law Olmsted.

And then there’s Billie Jean King…I had the opportunity to meet Billie Jean King in person on the Hartford College for Women campus as part of  a program my office coordinated with the Connecticut Forum’s American Women in Focus event. Today, Billie Jean King’s picture is featured throughout Forest Hills Stadium and in a very cool and relatively new street mural on a wall under the Forest Hills train station bridge on 71st Avenue, one of the main roads leading into Forest Hills Gardens. The images honor Billie Jean King’s tennis successes and her ties to the Forest Hills tennis center and stadium.

We had incredibly nice weather for the Belle and Sebastian concert. The weather matters given – and just like the main green on the Hartford College for Women campus where summer concerts were held – the Forest Hills Stadium is an outside, no roof venue.

Check out the Forest Hills Stadium performance schedule here. – Russ DeVeau

CFO West – San Diego #FlashbackFriday

Russ DeVeau CFO San Diego Russell DeVeauI came cross this name badge buried in an old laptop bag.

The photo makes for a good #FlashbackFriday post given this CFO conference took place in San Diego just about seven years ago.

This is when I was supporting Client Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI), a global technology consortium focused largely on advancing the wide scale adoption of PC power management.

CSCI board members were experts in sustainability and Green IT issues and included senior executives and spokespersons from Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Samsung and World Wildlife Fund.

I managed many editorial, news and proactive positioning programs for CSCI including industry analyst, media and social media relations. I had the opportunity to attend the CFO event with George Goodman, who at the time, was CSCI’s executive director.

I really liked the roundtable concept CFO had implemented for this event. Sponsors – such as CSCI – paid for a table, or multiple tables, and established a topic that would be discussed at each table purchased. Conference attendees signed up to sit at tables where they were interested in discussing the established topic.

The tables George and I manned were among the most popular at the conference. This is likely because we had a great Green IT and money savings story to tell. At the time, CSCI  had calculated that households, businesses and organizations could save up to 60 dollars a year in energy costs simply by turning PC power management on.

That number was for one computer. The savings could add up quickly if a household, business or organization had multiple – or even hundreds or thousands – of PCs using power management. That cost saving message was very well received by CFO attendees. – Russ DeVeau

Fog World Congress – a unique opportunity to learn about edge and fog computing from global experts

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The dates and location for Fog World Congress 2018 were announced by the OpenFog Consortium yesterday. This year’s event is taking place in San Francisco on October 1 – 3.

Fog World Congress provides a unique opportunity to learn about edge and fog computing from global experts who are driving a wide range of Industry 4.0 and digital transformation initiatives.

I had the opportunity to attend Fog World Congress 2017 – the first ever Fog World Congress, held last fall in Santa Clara – as part of the conference marketing and content development team. Hundreds of people from around the world participated in this exciting inaugural event.

Fog computing is the technology helping to advance a smarter world – smarter cities, smarter factories, smarter homes, smarter devices and things – and is considered a requirement for the wide scale deployment of autonomous vehicles, drones and robotics.

Fog World Congress is the premier global event devoted to all things fog. The conference provides a unique opportunity for participants to understand the many opportunities surrounding the fast-moving and continuously growing fog computing market. – Russ DeVeau

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Aion Network #NewYorkCity Meetup

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Kesem Frank discusses Aion Network during yesterday’s Meetup at the Insight Data Science offices on 21st Street in New York City. Frank talked about the history of Aion and highlighted blockchain federations, interoperability and bridges as differentiators and focus areas.

I appreciate that Aion used Twitter to invite me to this Meetup. I regularly use Twitter to invite influencers and others to conferences and events. Leveraging Twitter to help populate events can be an extremely valuable proactive strategy. – Russ DeVeau

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#Womenintech and women in edge and fog computing

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For #InternationalWomensDay – and with fond memories of my days developing marketing programs at Hartford College for Women – it’s an honor to be working with some of the women in edge and fog computing who are driving digital transformation initiatives in markets around the world! – Russ DeVeau

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Talking healthcare with Bloomberg and Oscar Health

Russ DeVeau New York City Russell DeVeau #newyorkcityI was invited to last night’s Cornell Tech Bloomberg presentation by some pals from my TSI and IBM days.

I was interested in going because I have supported several health care and eHealth initiatives throughout my career to date and because I am paying close attention to health insurance issues and companies in the New York City area as I begin to shop for a new health insurance plan.

CEO Mario Schlosser  – who was interviewed by Bloomberg Anchor Scarlet Fu – gave an interesting overview on his company and talked about some of the challenges facing the insurance industry today.  He also offered his perspective on issues surrounding the future of healthcare. Technology innovation and costs related to healthcare were consistent themes.

I was impressed with the history of the company.  Schlosser is a good spokesperson and Fu is a pro at interviewing. It was fun to watch them interact because it looked like they were having fun together.

While I have heard some really good things about the company, Oscar Health doesn’t work for me right now mainly because my current doctors don’t participate in the plan. Even so, Oscar Health is a company I’ll keep an eye on as the U.S. and New York healthcare industries continue to evolve.

For those interested in potential New York City meeting and special event space, the Tech At Bloomberg meeting room at 731 Lexington Avenue is an impressive venue. – Russ DeVeau

My Hartford College for Women blog…

Russ DeVeau at Hartford College for Women Gloria Steinem Debra Norville Bille Jean King Russell DeVeauI’m honored to say that my Hartford College for Women (HCW) blog has recently been recognized by Scoop.it as “highly recommended” in the history interest section.

Scoop.it is one of several curation technologies that I have incorporated into client positioning campaigns in order to support a wide range of search engine optimization (SEO) initiatives and as a tool to proactively place messages and stories.

I started my HCW blog to create a digital record of the years when I worked at the college as director of marketing and public programs. The blog has been incredibly successful in driving a wide range of search results and serves as a case study I point to whenever I am asked to speak about best practices for content development and SEO.

My job evolved significantly during the five years I worked at HCW. I had roles in facilities management, arts and public program development and in developing marketing campaigns to increase the visibility of college fundraising, community relationship building and student recruitment activities.

I had the opportunity to collaborate on conferences, educational and public programs with organizations such as the Connecticut Forum, the Hispanic Health Council, the Hartford Ballet, the Hartford Club and the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.

I also had the opportunity to develop, manage and promote events featuring a wide range of activists, celebrities and educational and political figures such as United States Senators Chris Dodd and Joseph Lieberman, Gloria Steinem, Ellen Goodman, Billie Jean King, Deborah Norville and Sarah Brady.  These programs regularly generated significant media coverage in print and broadcast outlets and brought a wide range of new and diverse audiences to HCW.

The image above is from my HCW blog. The top photo was taken on the main green of the HCW campus in the spring of 1995. I was standing to the photographer’s left when he took this picture. My team and I had just finished installing the first Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame exhibition in the Miriam B. Butterworth Art Gallery when this picture was taken. These women came to HCW to preview the exhibition before it opened to the public and before they participated in the Connecticut Forum’s American Women in Focus event that took place later that evening at Bushnell Hall. From left to right, Sarah Brady, Faye Wattleton, Eileen Kraus, Ellen Goodman, Billie Jean King, and Debra Norville.

The bottom photo is a picture of a Hartford Courant press clipping of a story covering Gloria Steinem’s visit to Hartford as part of the Women Connect educational and networking programs. I had an early role in producing Women Connect, working shoulder to shoulder with my pal Sandra Bursey, who at the time, was director of membership at The Hartford Club.

Check out my continuously evolving Hartford College for Women blog here. – Russ DeVeau

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Learning about #fogcomputing in #NewYorkCity

Russ DeVeau IoT Central Russell DeVeau New York CityYours truly covering last month’s IoT Central Meetup.

The meeting was held at Grand Central Tech – a great space at 335 Madison Avenue where Facebook once had New York City offices – and featured a presentation on IoT and Fog Computing by Cisco’s IoT innovator, Maciej Kranz.

This was the first IoT Central event I attended where fog computing was discussed. It’s becoming a hot topic and based on the premise that the cloud isn’t enough as IoT deployments begin to explode and more real-time data processing power is needed at the edge. – Russ DeVeau

Photo by IoT Central.

#IoT in #NYC, an open standards approach

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I attended the IoT Central meetup in Manhattan last week. The meeting was held at Grand Central Tech – a great space at 335 Madison Avenue where Facebook once had NYC offices – and featured a presentation by Cisco’s IoT innovator, Maciej Kranz.

Kranz gave a top-notch overview of the history and current state of the IoT industry. He highlighted some use cases and early success stories and reviewed a few extremely interesting ROI scenarios.  He also discussed some of the pain points the market has been experiencing and identified a couple areas that need to be addressed if the industry is to move IoT initiatives forward more quickly.

While I found the entire presentation both interesting and informative, given my background in positioning proven interoperable technologies in the digital identity, security and privacy sectors – and my proactive work with global technology consortia and standards bodies – I was very interested in what Kranz had to say about open standards in the IoT sector – and he said quite a bit.

I appreciated hearing Kranz state so clearly – and pretty much right after he began his open standards discussion – that he believes companies embracing open standards will be the ultimate winners in the IoT space.  This is an important message for any developer or organization looking to begin – or expand on – IoT initiatives.

I also appreciated hearing Kranz’s dive down into what he sees as some of the IoT priorities tech consortia and standards bodies need to address. Those priorities included standardizing interfaces and standardizing the way sensors share data. Kranz went on to say that he felt it was important to have one agreed upon standard for solving common cross-industry IoT issues.

Kranz noted that there are many – in fact, dozens and dozens – of consortia working on a wide range of IoT challenges. I’ll highlight some of those organizations in upcoming articles. In the meantime, take a look at the Open Fog Consortium, an organization Kranz gave a shout-out to during his presentation. – Russ DeVeau

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Developer relations, developer programs and #womenintech

Russ DeVeau GCN developer coverage Russell DeVeauMy experience working with developers includes over ten years of managing proactive programs designed to build and expand developer communities, increase developer participation in global standards bodies, and showcase developers and applications in markets around the world.

This experience includes managing positioning for Java Verified and UTI in the mobile application quality industry; launching and managing the IDDYs, a global awards program designed to recognize developers in the digital identity sector; and managing communications for Liberty Interoperable, an international program focused on testing vendor products for interoperability of identity standards and protocols.

My proactive work with the Liberty Interoperable program includes five years of working with leading deployers of identity solutions such as the US GSA and governments around the world – as well as with top vendors in the identity sector such as HP, IBM, Microsoft, Ping Identity, Oracle, RSA Security, SAP and Siemens – to position and promote the program and vendor products in global markets.

I have a great deal of experience in producing and promoting workshops and educational events designed specifically for developers and covering a wide range of topics such as federated identity management, policy and governance, open source, service oriented architecture and web services. These events have received high marks for quality from developers around the world and have served as valuable content for client blogging and proactive social media activities.

I also have a lot of experience – and have enjoyed a lot of successes – placing developer and technology teams in panel presentations and speaking sessions at major industry events such as HP World, RSA Conference, SAP’s SAPHIRE, and Oracle World – as well as at regional and vertical-specific events such as AfricaCom, Digital Disruption, Cloud World Forum, Digital Identity World, HIMMS and Java One. I talk more about industry events in my What’s your favorite tech event? post.

Developers became an important part of the communications process right around the time when Sun Microsystems was aggressively promoting Java and IBM was promoting e-business. At that time many public relations teams at the global IT firms were moving fast to associate a face – usually a young man’s – to new Internet initiatives. Media trained developers frequently became that face.

I was on several of the teams that were promoting developers as spokespersons during the early e-business transformation years. While those spokespersons were mostly men at the time, it wasn’t too long before I was promoting women developers as spokespersons and the #womenintech movement had begun.

I’ll highlight some of the #womenintech I’ve had opportunity to promote during my career to date in future posts. – Russ DeVeau

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What’s your favorite tech event?

russ deveau what's your favorite tech event russell deveauMy experience working in the technology sector includes providing strategic proactive communications support for events taking place in markets around the world. I help organizations leverage events to meet a wide range of marketing, relationship building, storytelling and visibility objectives.

I’ve had a lot of success placing keynote speakers and panelists at global top-tier vendor sponsored events such as HP World, RSA Conference, SAP’s SAPHIRE, and Oracle World, as well as at regional and vertical-specific events such as AfricaCom, Digital Disruption, Cloud World Forum, Digital Identity World, HIMMS and Java One.

My experience in managing events – including global award and recognition programs – allows me to quickly identify the conferences and events where my clients should have a presence and where marketing dollars will be spent wisely.

Of course, after working in the technology sector for nearly two decades, there are several events I look forward to every year. One of these events is the RSA Conference.

RSA is among my favorite events to participate in from the communications point of view largely because the standards for accepting speakers are so high, the pre-registered influencer list is always top-notch and the opportunities for generating traditional and social media coverage can be significant.

I’ve placed nearly fifty spokespersons in RSA speaking slots during my career in high-tech communications to date and have leveraged these placements to proactively tell a wide range of industry leadership stories in markets around the world.

Placing and promoting speakers at RSA Conferences – and at other strategic events around the globe – is part of almost every executive positioning program I manage and is a strategy I have incorporated into many of my most successful integrated communications campaigns.

Sometimes however, I can’t find an event that will help my clients realize all of the communications goals I want to achieve. When that happens – and somewhat mirroring how the IDDY Awards were conceived and launched – I often end up working with clients to create an entirely new event where I know all of my positioning objectives will be met.

I’ve had a lot of fun – and delivered a lot of marketing successes to clients – creating, managing and promoting a wide range of in-person, virtual and social media events.

Check out a handful of some of the hundreds of unique events – including some of the technology industry’s earliest interactive public webcasts designed to enhance news programs and integrated proactive campaigns – I’ve helped create, promote and populate on behalf of clients in the online security and privacy, web services, sustainable ICT, big data, data center and enterprise cloud sectors. – Russ DeVeau

Digital Identity Leaders Gather in DC to Advance Trusted Identity Assurance Levels

Privacy in an Online, Web 2.0 World Public Webcast Series Launches April 16

Hundreds of Big Data & Cloud Computing Experts to Gather in San Francisco on June 17

– Workshop to Review the Consumer and Business Benefits of Open Identity Standards

Zero Day -Threat Focus of New Privacy in an Online World Webcast with USA Today

Webcast Reviews Open Source Code for Driving Security and Privacy into Web Services

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Web Services Programs Launch in Hong Kong, Paris, San Francisco & Vancouver

Industry Leaders in the Global Identity, Security and Privacy Sectors Discuss Kantara 

ODCA Demos Software Application Portability in the Enterprise Cloud

Consortium Launches “Get to Know ODCA Cloud Usage Models” Webinar Series

Obama Campaign CTO Harper Reed to Keynote at Forecast

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Twitter direct messages, an IDDY winner and a Manhattan press tour

This is a great example of what I consider to be a highly effective use of a direct message (DM) on Twitter. The message demonstrates how valuable DMs can be when used strategically to drive visibility and place messages.

 

Russ DeVeau SafeNet and Gemalto tweet

 

Gemalto sent this DM last weekend. The message gives communities and influencers a fresh opportunity to take a look at the news, share it with their own networks and perhaps drive another round of traditional and social media coverage based on the content.

The DM tells me what I need to know about the status of the news and what I need to do to continue interacting on Twitter.

The message was likely sent to everyone who follows Gemalto and SafeNet and seems to be a good use of automated tweets.

I’m not always a fan of automated tweets and messages. But when used strategically, DMs can be an extremely effective tool for raising the awareness of a wide range of initiatives on Twitter.

Seeing these two organizations in the same DM reminded me of the proactive work I’ve done with both companies. Gemalto was a winner of the 2009 IDDY Award, a global program I launched, managed and promoted for four years.

I had the opportunity to work with SafeNet executives in 2004 when I managed a security-focused daylong industry analyst and media tour in Manhattan. That incredibly successful event took place during a time when all eyes were beginning to focus on web security issues and included some very talented spokespersons.

Twitter didn’t exist when I headed up the NYC SafeNet security tour. Fast forward to today and Twitter and Twitter DMs are among my go-to tools for proactively and strategically working with influencers around the world. – Russ DeVeau

Winning an Environmental Leader Award

Russ DeVeau Environmental Leader Award russell deveauSpeaking of prestigious industry awards…

I’ve been an avid reader and a big fan of Environmental Leader for many years. The outlet is one of my go-to publications when I am working with technology teams and executives who can tell stories in the energy efficiency, green IT and sustainability sectors.

I also look at a wide variety of Environmental Leader content when I want to create or help validate an idea for an industry trend story and when I am researching a potential new sustainable ICT positioning opportunity for one of my clients.

I’ve worked proactively with many top-notch journalists at the outlet over the past several years including when I helped place this story based on ODCA news announcing how enterprises can measure and control data center CO2 emissions.

The story was incredibly well received by communities and target audiences around the world. Equally as important, the coverage set the stage for involving ODCA in the Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards program.

The Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards reminds me of the IDDYs, a global awards program I launched when I was working in the digital identity management, security and privacy sectors.

One major difference in the programs is the fee required to apply for an award. Environmental Leader charges a fee to submit a nomination. No fees were associated with the IDDYs.

The fee was a bit of a sticking point when it came to my client teams deciding on whether or not to apply for the Environmental Leader award.

After managing the IDDYs for four years, I understand why award programs sometimes charge an application fee. I know first-hand how much time and how many resources can go into making a global annual awards program successful.

I also know that the ROI can be significant from a communications and public relations point of view when an organization wins an award that is sponsored by a highly respected media outlet.

These are some of the reasons I was in favor of paying the application fee for an Environmental Leader award.

But I was also in favor of paying the fee because I wrote the press release and messaging that led to a feature story in the top-tier outlet.

I knew the content was of the highest quality and – based on my experience working in the global awards industry – also knew that an ODCA submission would have a very good chance of winning.

The eventual win opened the door to another round of significant coverage in Environmental Leader and provided the organizations involved with a variety of new short and long-term positioning opportunities.

When it comes to demonstrating communications and public relations ROI, the Environmental Leader award was an all-around win. – Russ DeVeau

Moms trust blogs!

Anyone developing communications programs targeting moms and families will be interested in taking a look at this report released last week at the eighth annual Marketing to Moms Conference.

Moms trust blogs!

A survey of 1200 moms found that over 80% of them trust blogs more than any other social channel when it comes to making purchasing decisions.

I know how important blogs are to reaching this incredibly diverse demographic based on several of the global projects I’ve been involved with this year. Congrats to the folks over at Child’s Play PR for confirming how important trusted – and trusted is the keyword here – blogs are to moms and families. – Russ DeVeau

 

Technology #interop matters

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My communications experience in the digital identity management and technology sectors includes five years of managing global proactive industry analyst, media and social media relations for the Liberty Interoperable testing program.

This includes working with leading deployers of identity solutions such as the US GSA and governments around the world, as well as with top vendors in the identity sector such as Entrust, IBM, Microsoft, Novell, Ping Identity, SAP and Siemens to position and promote the program and vendor products in global markets.

Select positioning and media and industry analyst placements follow. – Russ DeVeau

Internet News – Liberty Alliance Unveils Improved SAML Certification
Government Computer News – SAML-compliant products named
eWeek – Federated Identity: More Security Products Take Home Passing Grades
ZDNet – Liberty Alliance endorses new ID products
TechTarget – SAML gains momentum
InfoWorld – Seven pass latest Liberty Alliance conformance tests
GCN – Single sign-on protocol gains steam as more products are certified 
Network World – Microsoft passes its first SAML 2.0 interoperability test 
Dark Reading – Seven Big-Name Vendors Pass SAML 2.0 Interoperability Testing 
Gartner – New Identity Federation Moves Should Help Increase Adoption 
 
 

Russ DeVeau: My blended approach to communications

I often talk with clients and potential clients about my blended approach to communications and public relations. This is a proactive program that combines traditional and social media strategies and tactics with a steady stream of fresh content to help people and organizations reach positioning and visibility goals.

Here’s a good example of the blended approach in action from Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI), a global leader in sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives, and an organization I support on the messaging and visibility front.

Blogging, news, events, video and social media – they all play an important role in today’s proactive communications programs – and they all provide important tools for communicating key messages to communities and influencers.

I launched my blended approach to integrated communications in 2006. Since then I’ve analyzed and worked with hundreds of social tools, networking, sharing, and community sites to stay on top of the continuously evolving social media industry and to ensure I am always maximizing client community building, visibility and message placement opportunities.- Russ DeVeau

What’s your content strategy?

Do you have a Content Strategy?I’ve long been a big advocate of the “content is king” message as a means to educate client teams on best practices for leveraging traditional and social media as part of a comprehensive communications program.

So as we head through 2Q I’m updating content calendars to complement a variety of planned communications activities. In a communications environment where traditional and social media play important roles, no communications plan is complete without regular content discussions.

In fact, the majority of my recent client brainstorming sessions have focused 100% on content development and marketing opportunities.

Content development discussions are the new norm. – Russ DeVeau

 

OneID – The New Kid on the Block

I’ve worked in the digital identity space for quite a while supporting the global positioning of organizations, standards and a variety of security and privacy initiatives from both the technology and policy perspectives. This is why I’m keeping an eye on OneID, the newest kid on the block in the identity space. With $7 million in new funding, will OneID be the one to bring the need for multiple passwords to an end? – Russ DeVeau

Online identity theft and your mother’s maiden name

I’ve worked for many years with leading industry influencers and organizations working to advance a more secure, trusted and privacy-respecting internet.

This includes the launch of the Liberty Alliance Identity Theft Special Interest Group – the world’s first initiative to bring people and organizations together to collaboratively address identity theft issues on a global scale.

I have first-hand knowledge of some of the great organizations and some of the remarkable people working to combat the identity theft problem.

But even with all of the great work that has taken place to date, the risks – due in part to the incredibly rapid growth in social networking – remain high.

A survey released today by Faronics finds that an amazing 32% of respondents would send a password, banking info, or their mother’s maiden name via email or a social networking site.

As was the case ten years ago when the identity theft awareness issue was just beginning to explode, it would seem that educating on how to reduce risks that could lead to identity theft needs to remain a top industry priority. – Russ DeVeau

What’s the social media ROI?

I’m often asked how to best measure the ROI of social media programs and campaigns.

I typically answer that ROI is always determined by how well a social media program did in meeting original goals.

I recently finished a brief Twitter campaign that resulted in 807 retweets of a particular message, far exceeding my original goal and leading to a variety of new positioning and social media opportunities.

Having clear goals and remaining flexible based on industry and social media developments are always key factors in the success of any social media program. – Russ DeVeau

NYC energy efficiency

I’m always glad to see new activities taking place in lower Manhattan. And given that I focus heavily on sustainable ICT, I’m equally pleased to see that the new World Trade Center will become a model for urban energy efficiency.

EarthTechling has reprinted an article by Ali Levine that details how the new World Trade Center buildings are expected to be at least 20% more energy efficient than New York City’s current energy code requirement.

Check out all the energy saving features by reading Levine’s article here and see more renderings of the new World Trade Center complex at WTC.org.

Image via WTC.org. – Russ DeVeau

Intel: What happens in an Internet minute?

Intel has released a very cool piece highlighting what happens on the Internet every minute. Did you know that in just one minute…

…more than 204 million emails are sent

…approximately 20 million photos are viewed on Flickr

…at least 6 million Facebook pages are viewed around the world

…more than 61,000 hours of music are played on Pandora

…more than 1.3 million video clips are watched on YouTube

Given my focus areas, I’d also be interested in looking at the energy consumed in an Internet minute and at the security and privacy risks involved in the continuously growing social networking world.

Check out the Intel Inside Scoop blog for more highlights. – Russ DeVeau

Threat predictions 2012, scams and phishing on the rise

M86 Security Labs recently released Threat Predictions 2012, a paper that gives an overview of some of the security risk trends of 2011, and describes a number of potential risks organizations should be on the lookout for in 2012, including increased threats to public and private clouds.

Of course, risks associated with social networks such as Facebook and Twitter remain on the 2012 list as these sites continue to grow. The paper is timely as Pinterest – one of the newest and fastest growing social networking platforms – begins to see scams and phishing on the rise. – Russ DeVeau

Online privacy concerns continue

It was early 1999 when Scott McNealy was working at Sun Microsystems and made public remarks about having zero privacy online.

McNealy was generally referring to consumers engaging in online e-commerce transactions, a phenomenon that was still relatively new at the time.

McNealy’s comments generated headlines as businesses and privacy organizations – including organizations I have partnered with – were targeting an increasing number of online privacy issues.

Fast forward to today and it appears privacy remains a huge concern among consumers. Findings from a TRUSTe report published in Direct Marketing News show that 90% of consumers worry about privacy online.

It’s a timely read as businesses, Google and social networking sites have privacy policies that continue to evolve. – Russ DeVeau

Fiber Optic Lighting, A Guide for Specifiers

russ-deveau-seo-author-writer-content-development-specialistI wrote the book Fiber Optic Lighting, A Guide for Specifiers, the first ever book to explore how fiber optic systems could be used to illuminate architectural and museum environments. With original research sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the educational text was published in 1997, released in multiple languages and acquired by libraries around the world.

Since then I’ve worked on content development, editorial and strategic communications programs with marketing and technology teams from some of the world’s most recognized brands including Alcatel, American Express, AOL, BMW, General Motors, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle and SAP.

My content and editorial philosophy is based on the understanding that every organization has important stories to tell. I specialize in helping clients identify, develop and promote these stories.

Influencing search across traditional and social search engines is always a top goal when I develop strategic content. This is why every piece of content I develop and write is optimized to ensure my clients come up in targeted and far-reaching search results based on keywords, key messages and important industry trends.

I develop and write a wide variety of content for traditional and social media outlets including blogs, case studies, byline and ghostwritten articles, marketing collateral, news stories, press releases, speeches and technical, positioning and white papers.

My business model includes regularly partnering with ad agencies, branding and creative teams and editors and writers on a wide range of content development, editorial and marketing programs. – Russ DeVeau

Russ DeVeau and Earth Hour

Earth Hour takes place this Saturday, March 31 from 8:30 to 9:30pm in local time zones. Participation in the global event has grown by millions since Earth Hour was first held in Australia back in 2007.

With a focus on positioning energy efficient technologies in global markets, I’m proud to join the celebration again this year and equally proud to help promote the “go beyond the hour to do more for the planet all year long” message that the World Wildlife Fund established in 2011.

One of the easiest ways to go beyond the hour to reduce energy consumption at home and at work is by turning your laptop and PC power management on. It’s a set-it-and-forget-it step that could save you up to $60 a year in energy costs for every computer using power management and is an easy way to do more for the planet all year long.

Check the Earth Hour website for great info about this year’s event. – Russ DeVeau

Let’s talk about energy efficiency, greener clouds and sustainable ICT!

Russ DeVeau sustainability

With ten years of experience supporting tech giants and leading Internet and technology initiatives, and another ten years of experience supporting global technology consortia, I’ve expanded my portfolio of services to include an even greater focus on energy efficient technologies.

This includes sustainable information and communications technologies (ICT), the technologies that may help drive the deployment of greener clouds and the development of communications strategies and tactics to help organizations position and differentiate in these areas. – Russ DeVeau

Senior corporate executives on Twitter

eMarketer Daily is reporting on a study conducted by BRANDfog showing that consumers appreciate company leaders who engage in social media activities.

I’m a huge fan of senior executives taking to social media platforms to communicate messages and to interact with customers, influencers and targeted communities.

Clear goals and messages need to be established before organizations move to leverage social media and flexibility is always key to realizing short and long-term successes. – Russ DeVeau

Russ DeVeau on social media contests

I’m supporting another social media contest – this time for CSCI, a global technology consortium with a membership base consisting of leaders in the sustainability industry.

While I’ve launched and managed many social media contests in the past, the growth of social networks has created a group of contest “professionals” who are aggressive in playing to win. New technologies, the formation of contest networks and the growth of online contest pros need to be key factors when launching any managing social media contests and sweepstakes.

Should a social media contest be on your content calendar? Take a look at my new best practices for social media contests post here. – Russ DeVeau

Climate Savers Computing Announces Earth Hour Power Management Twitter Contest

Theme: Turn power management on for a greener and more energy efficient planet

PORTLAND Ore., March 14, 2012 — Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI), the international consortium focused on reducing the energy consumption and carbon footprint of information and communications technologies (ICT), today announced that its Earth Hour 2012 Retweet for Power Management Contest will run from March 23 through March 30. Winners will be announced on CSCI’s Twitter and Facebook pages on Tuesday, April 3.

CSCI started the contest in 2011 to raise awareness of the environmental and financial benefits of using power management on laptops, PCs and servers, and in response to Earth Hour’s call for people and organizations to do more for the planet all year long. People participated in the contest by following CSCI on Twitter, retweeting CSCI contest tweets, and taking the CSCI pledge to use power management at home and at work.

In 2012 there are even more ways to win. In addition to Twitter, people can enter by liking CSCI’s Facebook page and by sharing CSCI’s Facebook contest post with their Facebook friends. People who retweet, take the CSCI power management pledge, and like and share on Facebook will have 10 chances to win a prize donated by CSCI members.

“We invite everyone to join us in celebrating Earth Hour 2012 by turning their power management on and by participating in this year’s CSCI Retweet for Power Management Contest,” said George O. Goodman, executive director, CSCI.

Rules and prizes are available on CSCI’s Facebook page.

About Climate Savers Computing Initiative
CSCI is a 700 member consortium led by sustainability leaders from Cisco, Emerson Network Power, Google, Intel, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Samsung and World Wildlife Fund. Since its launch in 2007 the organization has helped the ICT industry save over $2 billion in annual energy costs by decreasing annual CO2 emissions from computing equipment by 41 – 45 million metric tons. CSCI has done this by driving the adoption of power management and through the development of more energy efficient computing and networking technologies. Nearly 11,000 people have joined CSCI by pledging to use power management and to purchase energy efficient computing products. Follow CSCI on
 
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Russ DeVeau on communicating across cultures

Such an honor to be asked by PR Newswire to participate as an expert in global communications for their first ever webcast focused on communicating across cultures!

I developed my portion of this presentation based on my experience working in London and Paris where I managed global communications for companies and initiatives positioning in international markets.

The presentation serves as a good starting point for any organization looking to communicate messages and drive visibility in markets around the world. – Russ DeVeau

A Big Day for Online Privacy?

As Google implements its new privacy policies, AP provides an overview of what these changes mean to Google’s over one billion users. This comes as ZDNet reports that Facebook is facing a nationwide class action lawsuit for tracking users even after they are logged out of the social network. – Russ DeVeau

500 million Twitter users

Twitter has hit 500 million users and is growing at over 1 million accounts per day.

While some analysts are questioning how many accounts are actually active, on average 13 new Twitter accounts are created every second.

I’m readying a new research project where nearly every Twitter feed I’m monitoring is filled with spam. I’m wondering how many of the 500 million Twitter accounts have been developed specifically for spamming purposes.

I’ll address Twitter spam in a best practices document I expect to release later this year. – Russ DeVeau

Named one of the top ten women in sustainability

News this week from CSCI, one of the organizations I work with! – Russ DeVeau

President of Climate Savers Computing to Speak at GLOBE 2012

Panel addresses energy efficiency and alternative power for business

PORTLAND Ore and VANCOUVER Canada, Feb. 21, 2012 — Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI), the 700-member international consortium focused on reducing the energy consumption and carbon footprint of information and communications technologies (ICT), today announced that its president, Lorie Wigle, will participate in a panel discussion on March 15 at GLOBE 2012 in Vancouver, Canada.

Named one of the top ten women in sustainability by Pink Magazine in 2010 and recipient of the 2011 Sustainable Business Leadership Award from Sustainable Business Oregon, Lorie Wigle is General Manager of Eco-Technology at Intel Corporation where she drives Intel’s market position across energy efficient performance and use of technology to address environmental challenges.

As president of Climate Savers Computing, Wigle represents Intel on the CSCI Board of Directors and collaborates with other board members from Cisco, Emerson Network Power, Google, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Samsung and World Wildlife Fund to drive the CSCI mission of advancing the use of power management on laptops, PCs and servers, and driving more energy efficient computing and networking technologies.

During her remarks at GLOBE 2012, Wigle will review steps Intel is taking to improve energy efficiency and will highlight how CSCI has already helped the ICT industry save over $2 billion in annual energy costs by decreasing annual CO2 emissions from computing equipment by 41 to 45 million metric tons.

“We’re thrilled to have CSCI leadership participating in GLOBE 2012 where leaders in sustainability are coming together to advance a cleaner and more energy efficient future,” said George O. Goodman, executive director, CSCI.

Information about GLOBE 2012 is available at http://2012.globeseries.com/

About Climate Savers Computing Initiative
CSCI is reducing the energy consumption of ICT by increasing the adoption of power management and driving the development and deployment of energy efficient computing and networking technologies. Since its launch in 2007 CSCI has grown to 700 members. Nearly 11,000 people have joined by pledging to use power management and to purchase energy efficient computing products. CSCI maintains a catalog of energy efficient products and a library of best practices and white papers for energy efficiency on its website. Follow CSCI on the Web http://www.climatesaverscomputing.org/, Facebook http://on.fb.me/MJhVU, Twitter http://twitter.com/csci_tweetsLinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=44067&mostPopular=&trk=tyah
 
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RSA Conference 2012 Features Keynotes by Tony Blair and Robert Mueller

One of the most important security events of the year begins next week in San Francisco. RSA USA 2012 features keynotes by Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Robert S. Mueller, III, Director, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. A big theme this year is protecting yourself and your company against cyber attacks and those who launch them.

I plan on attending this event. There’s still time to register. – Russ DeVeau

Fighting phishing with standards

A while back I worked on a program that brought the FBI, the U.S. Department of Justice and industry leaders in the digital identity management sector together to collaboratively address the growing online identity theft issue.

Yet as time passes the identity theft problem continues to grow. This is why it’s good to see the launch of a new organization made up of industry leaders working together to address phishing issues with industry standards. – Russ DeVeau

I’m participating in Earth Hour 2012

Earth Hour was started in 2007 and takes place once every year on the last Saturday in March. I’ve participated since 2008.

I’m looking forward to taking part in the event again on March 31 when hundreds of millions of people will be turning their lights off in a show of support for the planet.

World Wildlife Fund gives a great year by year overview of Earth Hour – complete with pictures and videos – here. – Russ DeVeau

Twitter for breaking news?

Mashable reported yesterday that news of Whitney Houston’s death broke on Twitter almost thirty minutes before major news outlets began reporting on the story.

This is another significant proof point for demonstrating how Twitter and other social media platforms are forever changing the communications and media worlds.

I’m increasingly seeing Twitter used both as a news source and as a platform for breaking and issuing news.

Is it time your organization had a Twitter strategy? – Russ DeVeau

A shift in the social networking landscape?

Among some of my clients – as well as in the overall social networking industry – I’m seeing a general increase in LinkedIn activity, with Facebook somewhat flat and Twitter continuing to grow.

I’m regularly looking at ways to best leverage – and help shape – these and other potential social networking trends. I do this mainly to ensure that I am consistently delivering new positioning and visibility opportunities to my clients.

Clear and flexible goals should be in place before embarking on any new social networking initiative. Is it time your organization had a plan and goals for leveraging LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter? – Russ DeVeau

VIDEO: One of my YouTube strategies – short and sweet

 

While people are becoming increasingly more willing to click on and watch longer and longer videos, I’m still a fan of brief and fun videos that deliver the right messages. Here’s a good example from Climate Savers Computing – an organization I work with – of a 30 second video reminding viewers to turn their PC power management on to save on their electricity bills and to do their part for the environment. – Russ DeVeau

Russ DeVeau on social media contest prep

I’m readying another social media contest for one of my clients. Following #win, #contest and #sweepstakes hashtags. #Giveaway is hopping as well. These are important feeds for organizations looking to launch and manage contest campaigns on Twitter. – Russ DeVeau

Related:

Russ DeVeau: Should a social media contest be on your content calendar?

Client Project: Are You Ignoring One Of The Simplest Ways To Go Green?

One of many articles I had a lot of fun ghostwriting for my pals at Climate Savers Computing Initiative. This story discusses how people and businesses are missing out on the benefits of PC power management. – Russ DeVeau

Are You Ignoring One Of The Simplest Ways To Go Green?

Earlier this month Ovum, the UK-based analyst firm published a report showing that many businesses and organizations are missing out on the benefits of using power management on PCs.

I was thrilled to see CSCI members – who are global leaders in driving the wide scale adoption of power management – included in the report and equally glad to see that the report highlights the huge financial and environmental savings organizations can realize by implementing power management systems.

If you’re reading this article, you may be wondering what is power management and what’s the big deal? This a great question and one I answer frequently when talking to people and organizations about CSCI’s mission and the benefits of membership. Power management controls the amount of energy your laptop or computer uses when it’s not in use. Power management controls are already loaded on your computer and with just a few clicks can be implemented in minutes. Depending on the cost of energy in your area and the age of your computer, implementing power management can save you up to $60 a year on your electricity bill. It’s an easy way to save money and an even easier way to do your part to help save the environment.

But the Ovum report looks at how enterprises are using power management and highlights how many organizations are ignoring the environmental and bottom-line benefits that wide scale deployment of power management can deliver. If using power management on just one computer at home can save up to $60 a year in energy costs, imagine what the savings could be if an enterprise has hundreds or thousands of computers running power management systems. The environmental and financial savings would indeed be huge. In fact, Ovum found that enterprises were overlooking energy consumption savings of up to 40% by not implementing power management across the organization.

So why would enterprises miss out on such huge environmental and financial savings? According to findings by Ovum at least some of the hesitation enterprises have about deploying large-scale power management is based on false perceptions, one of which is that power management systems may interfere with core IT processes. And while members of our power management workgroup have worked collaboratively to address this perception, it was great to see that none of the vendor products Ovum looked at for their January report caused any interference with IT operations or maintenance.

It is clear however, that barriers – both real and perceived – are hindering the wide scale deployment of enterprise power management systems. But I’m pleased to say that CSCI members are leading the charge in helping to ensure these barriers are eliminated. And I’m equally pleased to say that our Power Management workgroup moves quickly to address new issues as soon as we learn about them from members and from the global information and communications technologies (ICT) community.

During the last several months our power management workgroup has held productive roundtables throughout North America and in Europe with the number one goal of helping to ensure that software and power management can always work seamlessly together. These events have brought CSCI power management experts together with developers and enterprises to address a wide variety of power management issues and have been extremely successful in helping to move enterprise power management systems forward.

As we move full-speed-ahead into a new year, we’ve made increasing the adoption of power management on laptops, PCs and servers a top focus area for 2012. And with 700 corporate members from around the world and over 11,000 people joining as individuals by pledging to use power management at home and at work, we’re moving quickly to increase the well over $2 billion in annual energy costs we’ve helped the global ICT industry save through the use of power management and more energy efficient computing.

Hats off to Ovum for helping to educate businesses and organizations about the benefits power management can deliver. And here’s to an ever increasing number of people and businesses leveraging power management as an important tool for meeting a variety of energy saving and sustainability goals.

The Facebook IPO – $38.00?

All eyes on the potential Facebook IPO. I’ll be watching this from the perspective of what the IPO may mean for the overall social networking and advertising industries, and from the user privacy point of view. But like most folks, I’m also curious about price points, where it may open and where it goes over the short- and long-term. – Russ DeVeau

Update: On IPO day, FB closes at 38.23.

The McDonald’s #McDStories Twitter Campaign

Epic #McFail or social media growing pains?

There are some great lessons from the McDonald’s #McDStories campaign that should be noted by any organization or PR firm looking to leverage social media as part of their overall communications strategy.

Every possible angle – including what could possibly go wrong angles – must be considered and addressed during the campaign planning process.

The substantial – and pretty much negative – press and social media coverage resulting from the McDonald’s #McDStories campaign did spark my interest in taking a look at the McDonald’s Twitter page.

I generally believe the majority of tweets issued by an organization should come from a single enthusiastic voice and help support brand positioning objectives. That doesn’t seem to be the case right now over at @McDonalds.

Perhaps the McDonald’s Twitter team should consider issuing a “Good McMorning!” every now and then. – Russ DeVeau

Related:

– Should a social media contest be on your content calendar?

– Russ DeVeau on community and social media management

Russ DeVeau on Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines…

I use them all and have some very strong preferences and requirements when it comes to search engines and search capabilities.

Wondering what the privacy experts at Kantara Initiative – and their partner orgs – think about Google’s new privacy updates.- Russ DeVeau

Russ DeVeau bio

Russ DeVeau is a communications specialist and writer specialized in helping organizations meet strategic marketing, public relations and visibility objectives.

He has focused extensively on the technology and telecommunications sectors and has been at the forefront of positioning many of the most influential Internet, e-business and mobile initiatives.

For the past decade, DeVeau has managed strategic communications for organizations in the digital identity management and security and privacy markets, as well as high-visibility campaigns and proactive programs for positioning some of the technologies and organizations that are helping to drive digital transformation and the Industry 4.0 revolution.

Having been based in London, Paris and New York, DeVeau has worked with some of the most well-known brands in the world including Alcatel, American Express, AOL, AT&T, BMW, General Motors, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Nokia, NTT, Oracle, RSA and SAP.

He has provided strategic and hands-on tactical communications services in support of numerous technology industry ‘firsts’ and has partnered with senior executives, developer communities and marketing teams worldwide to position and launch new business initiatives and a wide range of innovative products and services.

As an acclaimed market researcher and strategist, DeVeau has helped organizations of all sizes implement proactive media and industry analyst relations programs in support of corporate branding initiatives, crisis communications and merger and acquisition activities.

He is a recognized leader in helping organizations understand the value social media can deliver to today’s communications initiatives and has created and launched campaigns that blend traditional public relations programs with new media strategies and tactics to meet a variety of communications and visibility objectives.

DeVeau has presented to audiences around the world on best practices for successful industry analyst, media and social media relations, authored two books on the subject of fiber optic illumination and regularly writes blogs, byline articles, executive reports, newsletters and strategic positioning papers.

He has served on numerous educational boards and committees and has a BA in communications and marketing from Central Connecticut State University and an MFA from Parsons School of Design in New York City.

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