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Blake Dowling has 31 articles published.

Blake Dowling is chief business development officer at Aegis Business Technologies. His technology columns are published by several organizations. Contact him at dowlingb@aegisbiztech.com or at www.aegisbiztech.com

Blake Dowling: Look out for hackers (and the government)

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What now? More breaches. More leaks. Internet carriers selling your data? Hackers coming at us like United Airlines security? (For an interesting read, see Nader v. Airlines 1972) So you are worried about hackers, and — of course — the National Security Agency is watching (and logging) you surf on PredictIT.com or Lolcats.com. Or are you stressing because you might be in the World-Check database (bet on it — just by being an elected official, because it may consider you…

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Blake Dowling: Legislative Session 2017 – I’m just a bill

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Last weekend, I was on the road in Gainesville for some spring football. As I sat in my mobile command station (aka the Wyndham) the following day — watching an epic Masters, NBA and college baseball weekend — I couldn’t get the old PSA from Saturday Morning Cartoons out of my head, and I started writing … “I’m just a bill on Capitol Hill waiting to become law, but today I am still just a bill.” Man, they do not…

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Blake Dowling: Making a good first (or millionth) impression on Twitter

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Twitter is an interesting beast, created in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass and others. Within six years, 100 million users were on the platform — cranking out 300 plus million tweets a day. I joined the Twitter Army in May 2009 and 3,881 tweets later, I am still at it. It is a great way to launch our company Newsletter, POLITICO factoids, Crucial Gator Madness, Tech Industry news, Rando Band/Music info and the columns that I write. I had…

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Blake Dowling: New ransomware kicks it up a notch

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Meeting this week with one of our national security partners, SonicWall, we had a fantastic luncheon with some local media partners, clients and Aegis staff. A big topic of conversation — ransomware. A SonicWall firewall can certainly help minimize risk, but there is no 100 percent protection from the constantly changing landscape of cyber threats. Say you are a successful lobbyist, and legislation you want to pass is passing; you keep tweets clean, your email is in a secure cloud, your…

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Blake Dowling: Senate Bill 772 — Time to help

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One of the first columns I ever put together was on assistive technology for those who need it for communication. It was based on a 60 Minutes expose highlighting the power of a tablet to open doors to those who, for most of their lives, have been unable to communicate. Since then, I have written on the topic several times. But for that first one, it was about six years ago; I was just married and had been sitting on…

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Blake Dowling: Legal artificial intelligence

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I was meeting with the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce’s Communications Committee; there was some brainstorming about session ideas for the upcoming Chamber Conference. There were some thoughts thrown out, and quite a few comments were made. Then someone said, “how about automation and artificial intelligence.” Suddenly, a surge of ideas and thoughts hit the room like a vicious uppercut from Mike Tyson circa 1999. All industries went into the mix: retail, auto, construction, medical and legal. We are on the…

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Blake Dowling: The road, fast food and Session — all aboard!

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Session is here in the Capital City, beginning with a Monday bash at Associated Industries to welcome those from all over the state. The Legislative Session kickoff has been on my calendar for a decade now; it is a great event and a nice chance to reflect on the past year and the one coming just ahead. Mayor Andrew Gillum wants to run for governor, legal pot is everywhere, POTUS can give a good speech. What else? Charlie Christ switched back…

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