Posts Tagged ‘Virtual Worlds’


Relevant and Appropriate Education in Cyberspace

This week I had the privilege of talking about SENDS at the summer, 2011 meeting of the Coalition for Advancing Cybersecurity Education (CACE), in Dayton, OH. I’ve had a long-term relationship with the USAF’s Center for Cyberspace Research (CCR) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, and I’m not surprised that CACE would hold their meeting here. The CCR is also part of the CACE effort, and a cosponsor of SENDS. CACE is an “open” association in


In past blogs, we shared our thoughts about the future, the potential of virtual worlds and their use in developing the SENDS Center for the Science of Cyberspace (SCSC).  Let’s discuss what we have learned and how we visualize the virtual world component of the SCSC. Our journey began in the “real world” with the concept of a real brick and mortar facility; a very traditional approach requiring the expenses of a physical plant, its furnishings, and the corresponding


The Blogging Luddite: Leadership in Virtual Worlds

Last week, Craig and I presented an early glimpse of the SENDS Center for the Science of Cyberspace at the National Defense University’s Federal Consortium of Virtual Worlds (FCFW) Conference at Ft. McNair, Washington, DC. The conference itself was an amazing assembly of people and projects seeking to “explore multi-agency and intra-agency collaboration using the robust capabilities of virtual worlds, examining best practices across multiple sectors,” as the


Cyberspace security probably has a lot of faces but we write these columns to stimulate thinking not just despair. A finite number of possible solutions are easier for humans to think about than the seemingly infinite number of approaches we’ve tried since cyberspace security became an issue. At the rate we’re going in the arms race between attackers and defenders within cyberspace, the number may actually turn out to be infinite;


Many of today’s leaders grew up before cyberspace started exposing them to the benefits and challenges of massive connectivity and the emergence of social networking on such an immense scale. Many of them became “accidental” luddites…it takes one to know one and I’ve known a great many. These luddite-leaders actually performed a worthwhile service for cyberspace development: through their resistance to change, they slowed things down enough so that technology didn’t


The Blogging Luddite: People, Cyberspace and Travis McGee

In 1982, John D. MacDonald published Cinnamon Skin. MacDonald, one of my all-time favorite authors, commented on important contemporary social and environmental issues through his famous character Travis McGee. In his writings, MacDonald focused on the most critical element of every environment that affects us: us. SENDS Colleague Eric Bonabeau reiterated that fundamental principle in a recent guest blog in the Atlantic Magazine Online, entitled “Cyber-Security Can't


The Blogging Luddite: Coevolving with Transformation

It seems like we are always starting a new series of blogs at SENDS, and that we never really end a series once begun. Perhaps that’s a characteristic of transformation in human life. Perhaps that’s what happens in the socio-technological convergence we experience in the world of cyberspace…ideas just seem to keep connecting and propagating all over the web! Life transforms and coevolves with our technology…well enough of that kind


The Evolution of Cyberspace: Virtual Worlds

Cyberspace 2020.  What will it be like?  Can we even contemplate what our “web presence” will be like?  Less than ten years ago Facebook, Twitter and MySpace did not exist.  And while they may have seemed to just appear, there was actually a logical evolution to their emergence.  Following and logically extending this evolution may help us postulate how our cyberspace interactions will look ten years from now. It’s amazing how history can repeat itself, even in cyberspace. Let’s first look at