VRM at IIW

We had a packed house yesterday at VRM Day 2013a — more than fifty people — prepping for IIW , which starts today and runs for two more at the Computer History Museumin Mountain View. IIW is an unconference. No keynotes, no panels, no sponsors controlling the agenda. At the beginning of each day, particpants [Read More →]

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IIW XV

The XVth IIW is coming up on October 23-25 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, and VRM will be, as usual, a big topic — or collection of topics — there. IIW stands for Internet Identity Workshop, but the topical range is much wider than identity alone. Front and center for the last [Read More →]

Let’s turn Do Not Track into a dialog

Do Not Track (DNT), by resembling Do Not Call in name, sounds like a form of prophylaxis.  It isn’t. Instead it’s a request by an individual with a browser not to be tracked by a website or its third parties. As a request, DNT also presents an interesting opportunity for dialogue between user and site, [Read More →]

Scaling business in parallel

Companies and customers need to be able to deal with each other in two ways: as individuals and as groups. As of today companies can deal with customers both ways. They can get personal with customers, and they can deal with customers en masse. Without the latter capability, mass marketing would not be possible. Customers, [Read More →]

Sovereign-source vs. administrative identity

You know who you are. So does the IRS, the DMV, and every Website you’ve ever made up a login and a password for — so it could “know” you. But none of those entities really knows you. What they know is what the techies call a namespace. What they have isn’t your identity, but [Read More →]

VRM at SXSW 2012

I just learned via Mark Scrimshire (@ekivemark) that a VRM panel — Are Free Customers Better Than Captive Ones? — has been accepted for the next SXSW. That means people voted for it, even though I had forgotten about it and didn’t promote it all. (Did anyone else? Dunno yet.) The location is listed as Startup [Read More →]

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Signs of progress

The bottom line (literally) of this report on the Consumer Energy Summt in the UK is this piece of excellent news: …energy companies have agreed to give consumers access to their data in electronic format as part of the government Midata programme. Connect.me, a VRM company, gives us a way to construct “trust frameworks” among ourselves. They [Read More →]

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IIW dev job: ListenLog

Craig Burton has a nice tutorial on developing VRM applications, using ListenLog as both an example and a challenge for next week at IIW. ListenLog is the brainchild of Keith Hopper and the collaborative result of efforts by folks from NPR, PRX and other public radio institutions, as well as the Berkman Center and volunteers [Read More →]

Personal leverage for personal data

VRM is starting to snowball. You can see it in the Twitter scroll there on the right, and in Twitter searches for #VRM. Gaining velocity lately is personal data. To look down that vector, I’ll connect several links. The first is Show Us the Data. (It’s Ours, After All), by Richard H. Thaler in the New [Read More →]

Prepping for IIW

Code talks, talk walks, Craig Burton just said in a phone conversation about IIW #12, which is coming up in Mountain View in the first week of May: the week after next. I like the spirit of that statement. Lots of VRM and related development efforts will be present there. Same goes for lots of APIs, [Read More →]