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DarkCyber for November 6, 2018, Is Now Available: Part Two, Amazonís Disruptive Thrust

DarkCyberís Amazon Policeware, Part 2. DarkCyber explains how Amazon is using open source software and proprietary solutions to reinvent IBMís concept of vendor lock in.


Louisville, KY, USA – WEBWIRE

Stephen E Arnold, author of CyberOSINT, said: ďAmazonís use of open source makes it easy for customers to make changes to the Amazon policeware system. However, Amazonís value adding proprietary software allows Amazon to lock in government agencies who want access to Amazonís most advanced services, features, and functions. Amazon wants to reinvent IBMís approach to lock in for the 21st century.Ē

DarkCyber for November 6, 2018, is now available at www.arnoldit.com/wordpress and on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/298831585.

In this program, DarkCyber explains how Amazon is using open source software and proprietary solutions to reinvent IBMís concept of vendor lock in.

Decades ago, IBM used mainframes and their proprietary hardware and software to create a barrier to change for government agencies using the systems. Amazonís approach is to provide a platform which makes use of open source software to allow the US government to make necessary changes to software.

Amazon also offers value added functionality ranging from hardware like the DeepLens smart surveillance devices to patented analytics for real time cross correlation of data. Government agencies using these proprietary components will find themselves dependent on Amazon despite the support for open source software.†Stephen E Arnold, author of CyberOSINT, said: ďAmazonís use of open source makes it easy for customers to make changes to the Amazon policeware system. However, Amazonís value adding proprietary software allows Amazon to lock in government agencies who want access to Amazonís most advanced services, features, and functions. Amazon wants to reinvent IBMís approach to lock in for the 21st century.Ē

An added twist is that many of the providers of policeware and advanced intelligence systems use the Amazon cloud platform to deliver their products and services to US government agencies. Examples include Palantir Technologies, 4iQ and Webhose. Companies leveraging Amazonís platform have an advantage over firms which use other cloud solutions. However, in the longer terms, Amazon can exercise control over vendors, partners, and integrators as part of a lock in strategy tuned to the 21st century computing realities.

About Stephen E Arnold
Stephen E Arnold is the author of ďDark Web NotebookĒ and ďCyberOSINT: Next Generation Information Access.Ē This book describes some of the technologies used by Cambridge Analytica to acquire and analyze Facebook user data. He has been named as a technology adviser to the UK based Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse.Ē Mr. Arnold also lectures to law enforcement and intelligence professionals who will be attending the September 2018 Telestrategies ISS conference in Washington, DC, in September 2018. In recent months, he has shared his research with law enforcement and intelligence professionals in the US and Europe. His most recent lectures focus on deanonymizing chat and digital currency transactions. One hour and full day programs are available via webinars and on-site presentations. He publishes the free Web log ďBeyond Search,Ē which is available at www.arnoldit.com/wordpress.


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