Introducing Guest Blogger Jeff Jonas
This month, we are in for a serious treat: Jeff Jonas, Chief Scientist of IBM’s Entity Analytics Group and an IBM Distinguished Engineer, has agreed to guest blog. We are thrilled to have his expertise on information management, national security, and privacy.
Jonas founded Systems Research & Development (SRD) in 1984, which was acquired by IBM in January, 2005. Before the acquisition, Jonas lead SRD through the design and development of a number of unique systems including technology used by the Las Vegas gaming industry. One such innovation played a pivotal role in protecting the gaming industry from aggressive card count teams, the most notable known as the MIT team featured in the book “Bringing Down the House” and movie “21.” This work is frequently featured in documentaries appearing on, the Discovery Channel, Learning Channel and the Travel Channel.
Jonas’s firm SRD played a significant role in America’s national security and counter-terrorism mission. One such contribution includes an analysis of the connections between the individual 9/11 terrorists. This link analysis is now taught in universities and has been widely cited by think tanks and the media, for example, an extensive one-on-one interview with Peter Jennings that aired on ABC PrimeTime. Jonas designs next generation technology that helps organizations better leverage their enterprise-wide information assets. With particular interest in real-time “sensemaking” these innovative systems fundamentally improve enterprise intelligence which makes organizations smarter, more efficient and highly competitive. His work has received wide media attention from the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, to Fortune Magazine, MSNBC and National Public Radio.
A highly sought after speaker, Jonas travels the globe discussing innovation, national security, and privacy with government leaders, industry executives, leading global think tanks, privacy advocacy groups, and policy research organizations, including the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Heritage Foundation. He is a member of the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security, a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a member of the EPIC advisory board and a board member of the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. Jonas periodically testifies on privacy in such venues as the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, and other federally convened commissions.
On a fascinating side note, Jonas is a true renaissance person: aside from his engineering and business triumphs, he competes in Ironman triathlons around the world. He also blogs at: http://jeffjonas.typepad.com