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Internationally recognised IT security and e-business guru
Tim Cole is an expert on Internet, eBusiness. Social Web and the so-called Internet of Things . Born 1950 in Washington, he has lived in Germany for over 50 years, pursuing a career as a journalist, book author, TV presenter and public speaker.
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Tim Cole is an expert on Internet, eBusiness, Social Web and IoT topics. He was born in Washington in 1950 but has lived in Germany for more than 50 years, where he works as a journalist, author, TV presenter and speaker at congresses and corporate events.
His book Success Factor Internet (published 1999 in German by Econ) was the first book in German to describe the impact of digital technology and the Internet on companies and organizations. In The Customer Cartel (2004) he correctly predicted the power shift between customers and vendors in an age of total connectivity. Enterprise 2020″ forecasts even more far-reaching transformation as digital networks, mobility and total communication become everyday facts of private and business life. In Digital Enlightenment Now! , which is available in English at Amazon and other bookstores, he collaborated with the late Ossi Urchs to explore the cultural, social and philosophical ramifications of digital networking and the Internet.
In his current book, Digital Transformation , he warns against complacency in dealing with the effects of digitalization and urges entrepreneurs and managers to speed up transition to achieve the goal of becoming a truly digital enterprise.
In his latest book, Wild Wild West – What the history of the Wild West teaches us about the future of the Digital Society, which will be out in both German and English in November 2018, he draws parallels between the time the West was won and the current period of digital upheaval we are faced with today. Then and now, people were embarking on an exciting journey into uncharted territory beyond the rule of law and order, but offering unlimited new possibilities. Along the way, they encountered gunslingers, cattle rustlers, and stagecoach robbers, just as we have to deal with hackers, trolls and data thieves. GAFA—Google, Amazon. Facebook and Apple – today wield power only comparable to the “Robber Barons” of the late 19th century, when Standard Oil, AT&T and the big railroad trusts ruled America with their greed.
Today, we need to develop standards of decency and civility online; effectively setting up a new social contract for the Internet Age. And we desperately need digital ethics; a kind of moral compass which will help us shape our thinking and our actions in ways that will lead to the kind of future we wish ourselves and our kids to live in.
Tim Cole is editor-in-chief of Smart Industry – the IoT Business Magazine , which explores the challenges and opportunities brought about by total connectivity, autonomous automation, cognitive computing, self-learning algorithms, blockchain, and predictive analysis.
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