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 the event, courtesy of the New York Chapter of the Internet Society. VRM and I come in at ~ 27 minutes into the first video. Finalist hacks are presented in this video here. One of the entries, Re-entry, led by Lina Kaisey, Harvard Law School ’14, starts at about 56 minutes into the last video link, and is to some degree based on my challenge in the first video link. It came in second. The winner was Ghostdrop, the presentation for which follows Lina’s, and which allows private communications between individuals. (Re-entry does that too, for prisoners re-entering the free world, and communicating with The System).
More at LegalHackathon.net.
Here is a collection of videos about VRM and related subjects, in roughly reverse chronological order.
First, a series of well-edited excerpts from Disrupting Retail 2013, which was hosted by First Retail in New York City. Here’s an outline:
- What is Disrupting Retail?
- Amazon’s Product Recommender Systems
- Big Data Enabled Intention Management and the Customer Experience
- Moving from Personal Data to Individual Intention
The sessions were led by Gam Dias (@gammydodger) of First Retail, with Andreas Weigend (@weigend) and myself serving as sounding boards for the collection of forward-looking retailers gathered around the table. (That’s the two of us in the shot above.) Lots of excellent grist for retailers, VRooMers and everybody else who cares about the future of business (which, let’s face it, wouldn’t be business without retail). Bonus link.
Second, Phil Windley on building trillion-node networks. Within those might be your network, with your own Internet of Things in your own cloud. Bonus video: The cloud needs an operating system.
Third, from the State of the Net (#SOTN) conference in Trieste last month, four videos:
There were a number of others as well, which I’ll put up when I find them (or they find me).
Fourth, some others from the last year and more:
- Customers take charge, with Sogeti Labs, November 2012
- How the old bottom is the new top, a talk at PICNIC Festival, September 2012
- The consumer of the future? Empowered! An interview with Gary Rosen of The Wall Street Journal, August 2012
- Telco 2.o interview, on VRM, 23 July 2012
- Triangulation 58, a conversation on TWiT with Leo Laporte, 22 June 2012
- User-driven democracy, at the Personal Democracy Forum, June 2011
- On the future of Facebook, for Future of Facebook:
- On the Live Web at Kynetx Impact 2011
- John Battelle and I discuss the future of data at the IAB conference in February 2o11
- An interview with Lee Raine on the Future of the Internet, at Future of the Web, April 2010. The blog post that goes with it.
- On why free customers are worth more than captive ones, at the IDEAS project conference, April 2009
- Interview with JD Lasica on Independence in 2005 or 2006. At Archive.org and the Knight Community News Network.
That question came to mind when I read Inside Facebook’s Fantastic Plan To Dominate Cisco’s $23 Billion Market, by Julie Bort, in Business Insider. The gist:
To recap: OCP launched two years ago to create “open source” data center hardware. That means hardware vendors like HP, Dell and Cisco don’t control the product designs. Instead, customers like Facebook and Goldman Sachs do.
OCP is the Open Compute Project.* What matters about the project, for our purposes, is that it models a way for a customer to relate to a vendor: taking the lead in the dance, rather than just following.
A question for VRooMers is, Can we as individual customers do the same thing? I’m thinking we can. One way is through personal clouds, including scenarios such as the one Phil Windley describes here. I am sure there are many others. So I’ll leave detailing those up to the rest of you.
*BI, like too many other ad-funded Web publishers, doesn’t link to OCP, but instead to its own page full of stories about OCP. This is unhelpful, selfish and at variance with nature of the Web itself. More about that here. (BTW, I’m guessing that the choice not to link is BI’s policy and not Julie’s, and would welcome correction on that.)
The 16th IIW (Internet Identity Workshop) is coming up, Tuesday to Thursday, 7-9 May, will be tat the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. As usual, VRM will be a main topic, with lots of developers and other interested folk participating. Also as usual, we will have a VRM planning day on the Monday preceding: 6 May, also at the CHM. So that’s four straight days during which we’ll get to present, whiteboard, discuss and move forward the many projects we’re working on. From the top of my head at the moment:
- Personal Clouds, including —
- The Internet of Me and My Things
- QS (Quantified Self) and Self-Hacking
- Fully personal wallets, rather than branded ones that work only with payment silos and their partners
- Intentcasting — where customers advertise their purchase intentions in a secure, private and trusted way, outside of any vendor’s silo
- Browser add-ons, extensions, related developments
- Licensing issues
- Sovereign and administrative identity approaches, including Persona, formerly BrowserID, from Mozilla
- Legal issues, such as creating terms and policies that individuals assert
- Tracking and ad blocking, and harmonizing methods and experiences
- Health Care VRM
- Devices, such as the freedom box
- VRM inSovereign vs./+ Administrative identities
- Real estate
- Banking (including credit cards, payments, transactions)
- Personal data pain points, e.g. filling out forms
- Trust networks
- Harnessing adtech science and methods for customers, rather than only for vendors
The morning will be devoted to VRM issues, while the afternoon will concentrate on personal clouds.
We still have eight tickets left here. There is no charge to attend.
In the next few days here on the blog we’ll be going over some of the topics above. Input welcome.
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 several IIWs has been personal data (a special concern not only of many VRM development efforts, but of the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium).
IIW is an unconference that Kaliya Hamlin, Phil Windley and I have been putting on twice a year since 2005. It could hardly be less formal or conference-like. There are no panels, no speakers, no keynotes. There are just participants. All the sessions are breakouts, and all the topics are chosen by participants, who come up with them at the start of each day, vetting whatever they like with the rest of the crowd. Some of the sessions are technical, many others are not. All of them are interesting, lively, and move things forward.
As in IIWs past, we have a VRM planning day on Monday, just before IIW. That’s the 22nd. Everybody is welcome. The purpose is to discuss what we’d like to make happen over the following three days. Unlike IIWs past, this planning day is also at the Computer History Museum. It’ll run from 9 to 5.
Here are some topics currently being vetted on the ProjectVRM list:
- Demonstrations of progress on various VRM fronts
- Relationship management tools, including UI elements such as r-buttons: ⊂ ⊃.
- Personal data store/locker/vault/cloud etc. efforts
- Personal operating systems (including personal cloud)
- Intentcasting, aka personal RFPs
- Turning DNT (Do Not Track) into DNT-D (Do Not Track + Dialog)
- Cooperation + competition among and between different VRM development efforts
- FOSS (free and open source software) and VRM
- Creating and working with APIs
- Standards and protocols old and new (e.g. XDI, RDF, tent.io)
- Role of governments (e.g. Midata in the UK, and privacy ministries in various countries)
- Legal / terms of service and engagement, and expression of preferences and policies
- Trust frameworks
- Working with industry verticals, such as banks and retail
- Matching up with QS (Quantified Self ) and self-hacking movements and interests (especially around personal data)
- Matching up VRM and CRM/sCRM
- Subject-based VRM, such as with the “subscription economy”
- VCs and other investors
- Relationships with other .orgs, e.g. PDE.Cc, Customer Commons
- Discovering and encouraging more VRM and VRooMy development efforts
- Alignment of talking points when evangelizing VRM
- Intention Economy
- Relationship Economy (and overlaps with the above)
- Identity-related matters, including NSTIC
I numbered them not in order of importance, but just to make them easier to discuss at the meeting. (e.g. “Let’s look at number 13″). Look forward to seeing you there.
Here are some photos from IIWs past. The photo up top is of a slab of metal covering a hole in pavement on a street in Manhattan. Saw it and couldn’t resist shooting it with my phone.