Creating Your Transparency Strategy the Age of Wikileaks

Location: Westside Ballroom Level:

At many companies, the total amount of data processed each year will double in less than two years. And the need to share that data— with employees and with partners, vendors, and customers— is growing. The odds that corporate information will leak is growing rapidly; we’ve already seen dramatic examples from the US State Department, and a number of visible banks.

Most executives’ first reaction to such leaks is to lock things down: “Make sure this doesn’t happen to me.” But at some leading-edge companies, CIOs are realizing that their job is no longer about information technology; rather, it’s about how the information itself moves within the organization. By asking “what needs to be protected?” and “what are the upsides of sharing?” they’re reconsidering the idea of leakage.

There’s never been a better time to reconsider transparency and talk about strategic leaking. In this session, Michael Nelson— whose career has taken him from the White House to the boardrooms of the Fortune 500 —looks at the naked corporation and what information can do when it flows intentionally between companies and their ecosystems. His new report for the CSC Leading Edge Forum Research examines how radical transparency can be a powerful business tool, with companies sharing the previously unthinkable —salary, pricing, project roadmaps, and more.

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Michael Nelson

Microsoft Corporation

Dr Michael Nelson works on technology futures as part of Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor of Internet Studies in Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT) Program, a unique, trans-disciplinary masters program for students and researchers interested in how information technology is shaping society and vice versa. Since January 2008, he has been conducting research and teaching courses on The Future of the Internet, innovation, technology forecasting, and e-government, as well as consulting and speaking on Internet technology and policy.

Before joining the Georgetown faculty, Michael spent almost ten years as Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM, where he managed a team helping define and implement IBM’s Next Generation Internet strategy. Prior to that, Michael was Director for Technology Policy at the FCC, where he helped craft policies to spur the growth of the Internet. Before joining the FCC in January 1997, Michael was Special Assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked with Vice President Al Gore on telecommunications policy, encryption and online privacy, electronic commerce, and information policy.

Michael has a PhD from MIT and a BS from Caltech.

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