Social Investment Partners Japan

I just saw the news that Social Investment Partners has launched in Japan.

This looks to be Japan’s first social benefit investment vehicle, focused on supporting non-profits in Japan.

This is great news for Japan’s non-profit sector, which both needs support as well as the funding that such an organization could provide.

 

Posted in Internet, Japan

Seeking Asian Female documentary

I just heard the piece on the documentary, Seeking Asian Female, which was excerpted on This American Life as well as the Snap Judgement radio show (audio here).

Fascinating look at “yellow fever” by documentary film-maker, Debbie Lum, who is an Asian female herself (married to a non-Asian, she admits.) The part of me that is Japanese-American certainly has seen a lot of non-Asian Americans who are unusually fascinated with Asians of the opposite sex.

However, traveling a lot across Asia for many years, what I see is that people all over the world are fascinated by the ‘other’, by the ‘exotic’. This is not limited to West vs. East. It happens in Asia between Asians. And because almost everyone in Asia is Asian, the structures (Caucasian/Asian) set up by the documentary don’t fit in Asia.

I think it’s really valuable that this documentary was made (I haven’t even seen it yet!) because I think it will generate discussion about our fascination for the ‘other.’

Posted in News

David H. Hansson, Partner at 37signals – Episode 337

Good interview with DHH at This Week in Startups.

Posted in Uncategorized

deleted my Instagram account

After reading what changes will occur early next year with Instagram due to the new terms of service, What Instagram’s New Terms of Service Mean for You, I decided to delete my account. I was not a big Instagram user and frankly I can get the same functionality I want with Flickr, especially now that Flickr has new mobile apps.

Abuse my privacy and I’ll delete my account. Not only that, I will also promote leaving that service to everyone in my network and social circle. The fact that I’m promoting my deletion of my own Instagram account on Facebook itself is icing on the cake.

Treat your users as you would want to be treated.

Posted in Internet

Richard Clarke doesn’t understand the Internet

Richard A. Clarke, the special adviser to the president for cybersecurity from 2001 to 2003, has an important op-ed in the NY Times today.

How China Steals Our Secrets

Clarke basically laments the state of US cyber security (who uses this “cyber” word besides the US govt.?) in regards to the incessant hacking of US businesses by Chinese hackers. Clarke believes that giving the Department of Homeland Security the ability to:

inspect what enters and exits the United States in cyberspace.

And under the Intelligence Act, the president could issue a finding that would authorize agencies to scan Internet traffic outside the United States and seize sensitive files stolen from within our borders. “

If this proposal is not basically an identical copy of what the Chinese government has set up in with their Great Firewall of China, I don’t know what it is.

US businesses need to take responsibility for securing their own servers, documents and networks. That they have not done so to date is their own fault.

The proposal to give the US government the right/ability to scan/filter the Internet is not only like trying to filter the entire ocean to catch a few fish (i.e. the wrong way to do it), it’s also asking the government to provide Internet security for US commercial businesses (which they should do on their own, not on the US taxpayer’s dime.)

A future that Richard Clarke wants for the US is a mirror image of what China has created today with the Internet in China. That he does not see the irony in this vision is probably the most troubling aspect of his op-ed as well as his “special adviser to the president for cybersecurity” role.

The US government needs experts who understand the Internet in roles like these, not people like Clarke, who clearly do not understand how the Internet works. And US businesses need to take their network security seriously. Focus on securing your networks, not just next quarter’s profit margins, and you’ll see less successful hacking.

Posted in China, Internet, News

In Archive