I have four teenage children, so as you can imagine, wi-fi usage is pretty high in our house. They each have several connected devices and they use all of them, (a lot!), both at home and when out and about. They are pretty typical teenagers and like their peers are really interested in new technologies. For them, tech is cool. For me, their attitude heralds great things.
Of course, when data is the central resource in a world of connected machines, data privacy and security become paramount. Rapid strides are being made, both by regulatory agencies as well as industry bodies, in developing an effective policy framework for protecting client data and enforcing strict security policies.
Why is it that policy relating to personal data seems to generate so much controversy? Take the recent huge public outcry over care.data which resulted in massive negative media coverage, questions in Parliament and subsequent delays to what many consider to be an important program for the well-being of the nation's health.
At 38, I was a freelance film director. After a short relationship ended, I found myself single, pregnant and broke. I decided to have the baby and raise him alone. Years after my son was born, scrolling though an old Nokia, I found that I had unwittingly archived a three-year dialogue of text messages between my son's father and I.
The next step in the communication revolution is to have a conversation with any person, anywhere in the world, as if they were in the room next to you. The latest development on the road to that becoming a reality is the creation WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication), which is paving the way to reach a new level of connectedness.
What we see with data today is a similar situation to what we had in the era prior to Web 2.0, where there was a lot of content around, but socialisation over that content was not enabled. Just as we've seen with the social media boom of recent years, however, there is now an opportunity and appetite for creating communities of interest around the socialisation of data.