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Virtual Breeding Environments | The Incubator Metaphor

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The WAN-IFRA Members Directory is the epitome of the catalogue or roster method of organizing actions and communicating across cultural, political-juridical or institutional barriers.

The organization — possibly the most influential of its kind in the world — can hook you up with Icelandic journalists for expert commentary on the aurora borealis, for which in return you can assist them with navigating the epileptic strobosphere of Times Square.

Under what sort of labor relations do Finnish journalists do ther work?

Seriously, though. The WAN-IFRA directory reproduce direct links one hop away from a profile page for what it claims to be 3,000+ news organizations worldwide. The numbers hold up. My Web crawler says so!


I wish I could illustrate these themes, but I ran into bit of a catastrophic data loss that taught me what I should already know —

rm -r xyz

can be a very bad thing, so watch out —

In the meantime, I have been working on building up new caches of data to be stored and autopsied using the primitive

wget -rH --tries 3

on sites that score high on certain formal and informal social indicators — some of them objective, others subjective, mainly lifelike constructs of “innovators” from the poster child and personalities industry.

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Very simple text editors — Gedit, LibreOffice Writer with a handy expanded menu of regular expression search — can be used to format that data into workable shape.


At the moment, I am idly working on downloading a set of seeder data emanating from sources, personal and institutional, that interest me and that have a lot in common among themselves, ranging from Rebecca MacKinnon — who recently left the Berkman Center for a somewhat opaque think tank call oti.newamerica.net — to the ongoing activities of the USAID veteran Ethan and the EFF.

I wish I had the talent to talk a million bucks out of Congress and then just walk away with a matching donation from He Whose Name We Do Not Speak, without the door hitting me on the way out.

So anyway, while the infernal machine sits here being rejected by robots.txt, over and over and over, I have been doing some offline reading.

Games Without Frontiers

I have long believed that the principal characteristic of the Virtual Organization and its Virtual Organization Breeding Environments — oddly, it is never pointed out that Think Tank City comprises what may readily be called a sprawling landscape of huge and amorphic VBEs — is defined by the problem of the conflict of interests.

Virtual Organization Breeding Environments are the repository of talents in need of an outlet, but they come at a cost — especially because you have to have the equivalent of Navy Seals spun up and ready for action at all times.

But I will let you read the paper yourself — Social Requirements for Virtual Organization Breeding Environments –by the Polish scholars Jan Świerzowicz and Willy Picard, who write,

The creation of Virtual Breeding Environments (VBE) is a topic which has received too little attention: in most former works, the existence of the VBE is either assumed, or is considered as the result of the voluntary, participatory gathering of a set of candidate companies. In this paper, the creation of a VBE by a third authority is considered: chambers of commerce, as organizations whose goal is to promote and facilitate business interests and activity in the community, could be good candidates for exogenous VBE creators.

In this respect, VBEs  also offer excellent opportunities to companies pursuing keiretsu or zaibatsu strategies.

Having heard a lot of discussion recently about the “multistakeholder” governance proposals aired at a recent confab at NIC.br, and in a year of Hiroshima-scale data processing meltdowns, …

During VBE planning, there is a need to specify social requirements for the VBE. In this paper, SNA metrics are proposed as a way for a VBE planner to express social requirements for a VBE to be created. Additionally, a set of social requirements for VO planners, VO brokers, and VBE members are proposed.

According to Świerzowicz and PIcard:

According to World Chambers Network [4], there are over 14,000 registered Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCI) which in turn represent over 40 million member businesses worldwide. CoC, as organizations whose goal is to promote and facilitate business interests and activity in the community, could be good candidates for exogenous VBE creators.

Equally, participation in the social sphere so as to be seen promoting and facilitating the lives of communities is one of the best ideas ever idealized by Edward Bernays: It created, terrorized and protected that sleepy middle earth  between Mao and Stalin and gleaming in the eyes of Che.

As it happens, the CoC of São Paulo state, FIESP, might be considered a world-class, or better a meta-regional VBE, and a frequent combatant in the debate over private-public partnerships and the state-market dyad. I should study the structure of this political highly connected institution and its interface with civil society — the civil society of persons — industrial and commercial entities — the civil society of legal persons — and especially with the political.

Fiesp president Paulo Skaf recently stated his intent to run for governor under the banner of the PMDB.

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After sifting through a lot of corporate network data, the epitome of the new VBE seems to be a brainchild of Microsoft — Global Foundation Services.

Global Foundation Services (GFS) is the engine that powers Microsoft’s cloud services. We focus on smart growth, high reliability, operational excellence, cost-effectiveness, environmental sustainability, and a trustworthy online experience for customers and partners worldwide.

Multistakeholder policy discussion in which the multitude have all worked the same cocktail parties for years, in different capacities.  I suppose boundary issues symbolize that is what we now call efficiency. MSNBC? Has no one ever noticed the creeping control over the hyperspace frontier, much as Pulitzer and Hearst, J.P. Morgan, the railway barons and and Edison and Westinghouse co-opeted — «co-opetion» is the neologism of the Oughts, they say — in what were whimsically termed free markets and are now called by Black Blockers …

There is a point to be made here about the selection of biological metaphors for these complex systems.

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