Why we need first person technologies on the Net

We need first person technologies for the same reason we need first person voices: because there are some things only a person can say and do. Only a person can use the pronouns  ”I,” “me,” “my” and “mine.” Likewise, only a person can use tools such as screwdrivers, eyeglasses and pencils. Those things are all first [Read More →]

Reporting on the Data Privacy Hackathon

In case you missed the Data Privacy Hackathon, held this past weekend in London, New York and San Francisco, there should be a good mother lode of posts, tweets and videos up now, or soon. Here is a small starter-pile of links from the New York one: The hackathon page. #privacyhack on Twitter Videos of [Read More →]

LG jumps on advertising bandwagon, runs over its own customers

Used to be a TV was a TV: a screen for viewing television channels and programs, delivered from stations and networks through a home antenna or a cable set top box. But in fact TVs have been computers for a long time. And, as computers, they can do a lot more than what you want, [Read More →]

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Cracks in the walls of the online advertising castle

On the advice of @SteveLohr and @michikokakutani ’s review in The New York Times, I just ordered Dave Eggers‘ The Circle — a tale of the dystopian present taken to its future extreme: a world where we are all fully devolved into data, and one big company serves us exactly the poop it knows — and helps — us want. [Read More →]

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Leveraging Whitman

On the ProjectVRM list the conversation has once again drifted to identity. Nearly all conversation about identity in development circles around stuff Devon Loffreto of Noizivy calls administrative. It’s a good term. That’s what we get from every card some company, school or government agency prints with our name on it and we stick in our wallet. It’s [Read More →]

Freedom vs. Tracking

In The Mobile Customer as Data vs. Customer Data, Chuck Martin in MediaPost‘s Mobile Shop Talk says this: The world of data tracking for mobile commerce is getting much more precise. The phone knows where the phone goes, as we all know. And that knowledge can be used to help provide better services to those [Read More →]

Identity is personal

It’s as simple as that. Identity is not corporate. That means no company is going to “win” at personal identity, any more than any company can win at being you or me. It makes no sense. But meanwhile, there’s this big war going on over identity, that Mike Elgan of CultOfMac covers (from the Apple [Read More →]

When consumers become media for themselves

I was talking recently with Edi Immonen of Glome about the idea behind it: turning users into publishers. He used the word “media,” but I’m going with “publishers” for now, because that’s the word used in this graphic (one of many like it — all amazing and excellent) from LUMA partners: That’s the marketer’s view. But how [Read More →]

Toward a matrix of APIs

At  the 2006 O’Reilly Emerging Technology conference, Cal Henderson, then of Flickr, gave a long session called “Launching and scaling new Web services.” As I recall, among the many things he explained well were some principles behind the Flickr API. One of those principles was user access to data. The API should be one that [Read More →]

Time for subscribers to fix the broken subscription business

I love the New York Times. I’ve been buying and reading the Times for most of my life, and consider it the best newspaper in the world. And, now that I’m spending more time in New York, I want to subscribe, to at least the digital edition. But trying to do that is a freaking [Read More →]