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Blake Dowling has 42 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: 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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Blake Dowling: Websites and politics

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The new resident at the White House and technology are an interesting pair, with the Russians, Twitter, etc. Speaking of the new guy on Pennsylvania Avenue, make sure to check out the Showtime documentary Trumped. Regardless of your status — love him, hate him, internet troller, hater Facebook over-poster, fan, rioter, protester, etc. — if you are a fan of the political process, the behind-the-scenes coverage is spectabulous. The scene where Bernie asks the journalist what network is this anyway…

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Blake Dowling: Smart delivery – a new disruption

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The Leon County Research and Development Authority called the other day and asked me to give a chat about artificial intelligence. I gave them the standard JJ-from-Good-Times response … Dyn-o-mite! … love to, thanks for thinking about me! They had read something on AI I had put together for INFLUENCE Magazine last year and thought I would be a great “expert” on the subject. I am no expert, ladies and gents, but I am a true believer in the cause…

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Blake Dowling: Drones, drones everywhere — Super Bowl to Prison

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Yay sports! Or “yay ball,” as one of my techie staff members used to say (she had zero interest in football, etc.) Yay sports, indeed. This weekend was awesome for sports, with the most thrilling Super Bowl ever. And I also attended the Kentucky-Florida basketball game; what a battle in the brand-new Gville arena. If you love hoops, watching 6 of the top 10 teams get knocked out Saturday was exciting; for Gator fans, a 20-point whipping of Kentucky (doesn’t…

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