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Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a nation's
war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a "Star Wars"
defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make
the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an
application of science be successful? Is a militarized space
inevitable, necessary or impossible?
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- 03:34pm May 16, 2002 EST (#2246
5/16/02 2:55pm -- the model surely needs to be connected to
capabilities that permit communication and decision making that
needs to be done. Interactions with staffed organizations are a part
of that. To "cover the bases" on what is done is complicated - but
if we do it clearly - and sort out problems -- we may be able to get
closure on problems that have been intractable before.
5/16/02 3:16pm asks
How better could world bodies assist in creating
better situations in their homeland countries to lessen
The task is complicated - but we can deal with the
complications involved better now than we used to.
in MD2229 rshow55
5/15/02 9:36am there's this:
Lchic and I did a 2 hour, 70 post session on negotiation in the
middle east that I think summarizes a good deal about new
opportunities in conflict resolution made possible by the internet .
. . The session goes from http://talk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?14@@.eea14e1/1253
. It includes many links to this NYT Missile Defense thread. The
suggestions are directed, by way of example, to Friedman and Fisk,
but are flexible, general, and inexpensive. I believe that if the
staffed organizations of Europe, the US, and other countries thought
about these opportunities, and adapted them their needs and
responsibilities, the good things being talked about and hoped for
about the "end of the cold war" could become real, in realistic,
nutsy-boltsy, comfortable human ways.
A friend of mine who is an IT professional looked at http://talk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?14@@.eea14e1/1253
and made comments that I thought were very helpful. He's John Mark
Heumann of Houston Tx. I'm taking the liberty of posting an outline
he wrote - both because it illustrates how complex things are --
what tools are available -- and how little chance there is for a
"meeting of the minds" in a short meeting.
- 03:39pm May 16, 2002 EST (#2247
Analysis of Web Thread
As far as the use of the Web goes, I want to break that up into
Issue Detail My
This will not be done in a
public venue, but it can be done using web technology.
- Facilitate negotiations
- Where details matter a great deal
- Where many different levels of focus must be accommodated
- Facilitate communications
This is Knowledge Content
Management applied to diplomacy and public issues. A good
source of information is the Federal CIO Council Knowledge Management Working Group.
Interestingly enough, neither "negotiation" or "diplomacy" appears
in the entire site: the orientation is entirely bureaucratic.
- Present, collate, summarize, cross-reference, and illustrate
- Collect and annotate what has already been said; provide a
record for reference
- Provide a record of disagreements
- Reduce redundancy
- [Counter error and redundancy with links to accurate, succinct
- Compare positions
- Track positions
- Handle multiple positions/points of view
- Provide multi-dimensional (non- sequential) access to
- Provide search capability
- Provide "redundant" "checklists" [?]
- Provide many views of the same data
- [Modeling conflict? what-if scenarios?]
Jon Udell's Practical Internet Groupware (O'Reilly, 1999)
"tells users, programmers, IS managers, and system administrators
how to build Internet groupware applications that organize the
casual and chaotic transmission of online information into useful,
disciplined, and documented data." I need to work through it
A few years ago, Microsoft was promoting a decision support
system called the "Digital Dashboard." It was an active PC Desktop
that would deliver information customized for the user: for
- A selection of graphs of sales data drawn from a transaction
- A ticker of commodity prices drawn from an internet website.
Note that the interpretation of data is built into the
desktop (the construction of the graphs, for instance). The data
itself is reliable because it is the product of independent
processes (such as actual sales).
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