About Gareth Spence

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Gareth Spence is a communications professional focused on using new media to develop dialogue around the key technologies that are driving the networking industry forward. With a career founded in journalism and media, Gareth is intent on developing a global discussion on how increased connectivity is changing the modern world.

If you read Carl Weinschenk’s recent blog post on network security, I suspect that you may have already cancelled all your online accounts, unplugged your computer and abandoned modern life. I was tempted to do the same. It was an alarming article. One that left little hope of building a safe and secure Internet. While I was reading it, I was reminded of a Marc Benioff interview I saw on Bloomberg. During the Q&A, Benioff stated that cybersecurity is an oxymoron and that the Internet is inherently insecure ...
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It's difficult to imagine how a financial crisis could help a city. How it could stimulate thought and drive innovation forward. Yet it appears this is exactly what's been happening in Europe over the past few years. While many of us have focused on the continent’s financial recovery and growth, others have been busily using Europe's economic doldrums to kick-start long-term change and create a new vision for a smart and sustainable future.
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Another day, another raft of emails from online service providers prompting me to update my passwords. My inbox currently resembles a triage unit trying to clamp the impact of Heartbleed. Both professionally and personally, I'm receiving email after email on the topic. In many respects, it's a timely wake-up call to the many millions of people still using the same childhood password for all their online services. It's also a prescient reminder about the vulnerability of our data and the networks we depend so heavily upon.
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As a child I spent countless hours trying to perfect the Jedi mind trick. I would vainly attempt to change TV channels with a mere thought, turn the dishwasher on with a clap of my hands or turn the thermostat higher with a click of my fingers. To my knowledge, none of these efforts ever succeeded. However, after spending a little time with Google Glass, I'm starting to wonder if I'm edging closer to my childhood ambitions.
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There can be no question that 2012 was a bumper year for healthcare IT. The sheer volume and size of investments was enormous. Fast-forward a few months and the pace doesn't seem to be slowing. In February alone, there were over 30 deals closed for a total of $107.95 million invested. This represents twice the deal volume of the same time last year.
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