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The world has gone from only a small group of people having access to information to having everyone in all corners of the globe accessing every piece of the world's information, according to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. Schmidt detailed that change and its impacts on sectors such as education, business and media in an interview with James Manyika of the McKinsey Global Institute. Humans and machines are racing each other to find the most efficient way to carry out tasks, according to Schmidt, who says machines have largely replaced low-wage workers at grocery stores. High-skilled, educated immigrants will hire people in America as well because businesses will want a share of uneducated people, Schmidt says. Schmidt also discussed the impacts of three-dimensional printing, where users build their own products from different manufacturing materials. Unive... (more)

Accenture-UN Study Examines CEO Views on Sustainability Strategies

Accenture and the United Nations Global Compact have released a study that shows majority of CEOs worldwide view businesses as falling short of strategies to meet sustainability requirements. Accenture polled 1,000 CEOs and the triennial study contains interviews with 75 CEOs as well as analysis of how companies integrated sustainability into their business performance, Accenture said Friday. Sixty-seven percent of respondents say organizations lack initiatives to align sustainability with their business goals, according to the survey. Seventy-eight percent of responding CEOs als... (more)

Matthias Schunter: Intel-Univ. of Helsinki Team Targets Mobile Malware

Intel and the University of Helsinki have established a new center in Finland's capital to research and develop new techniques for securing mobile devices with an increased emphasis on how usable those methods will be. The new Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Secure Computing opened Aug. 1 at the Helsinki Institute of Information Technology and host researchers from the company and the ICRI-SC at Technical University of Darmstadt, Intel said Oct. 24. Research areas at the new facility will include "Secure Open Access to Trusted Execution Environments", "Novel Applicatio... (more)

Engagor, Winvale to Target Public Sector Customers for Social Media Push

Social media monitoring and analytics firm Engagor and government market distributor Winvale have partnered to offer social media services to government agencies at the federal, state and local levels. Winvale will make Engagor's customer engagement platform available to agencies on a General Services Administration information technology contract vehicle, the companies said Thursday. “Whether it’s interacting directly with constituents on Twitter and Facebook or monitoring geographic sentiment around a piece of legislation, social media is becoming a game-changer in government a... (more)

Eye of the GovCon M&A Storm

Bob Kipps serves as managing director at investment bank KippsDeSanto & Co., a provider of services to middle-market firms in the government services, aerospace/defense, cyberintelligence and technology industries. In a new feature for Executive Mosaic, Kipps provides insight into what's driving the GovCon deals market and where participants are aligning for the future. To start 2013, he addresses impacts of the now-in-effect sequester and other budget pressures and notes five important things to consider for the future. After gushing throughout 2012, GovCon M&A deal announcements... (more)