Posts with keyword: internet

                          Future-Safe Archives

                          In an interesting podcast format—voicemails—Dave and Doc raise the issue of future-safe archives. This is one of those important, but not-urgent-enough issues that gets far too little attention. As they point out, we have Internet Archives, but that's just a copy and, while better than nothing, doesn't always preserve the original. I've got several different thoughts in my head after listening to Doc. First, I think preserving things is worthwhile. When Doug Kaye decided to shut down IT Conversations, he did so early enough that he could "endow" its preservation at Internet Archives and pay for the preservation of
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                          Decentralization Is Hard, Maybe Too Hard

                          Decentralized thinking is hard. So hard that future generations might see the Internet as a historical abberation.
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                          The Cloud Is Not the Internet

                          Don't confuse the Cloud with the Internet. They're not the same thing and have different properties.
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                          The Dangers of Internet Voting

                          I am serving on Lt. Governor Cox's iVote panel, which is looking at whether Internet voting might be used in Utah. I presented the following statement to the panel this morning:
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                          Building a Universal Silo

                          The Internet is being ruined by corporate silos that take away our personal freedom in exchange for services. Some think what we need is a universal silo that we can all be part of. There are different approaches to achieving that goal that will have very different outcomes.
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                          The CompuServe of Things

                          On the Net today we face a choice between freedom and captivity, independence and dependence. How we build the Internet of Things has far-reaching consequences for the humans who will use—or be used by—it. Will we push forward, connecting things using forests of silos that are reminiscent the online services of the 1980's, or will we learn the lessons of the Internet and build a true Internet of Things?
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                          Ambient Connectivity and the Internet of Things

                          Until we solve the problem of connectivity, the real potential of the Internet of Things will remain out of reach.
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                          My Letter to Senator Hatch in Opposition to PIPA

                          Efforts to make copying more difficult by technical means (such as the DNS blocking provisions in PIPA and SOPA) hurt legitimate uses of technology while leaving those who would copy without permission plenty of ways to circumvent those measures.
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                          Beyond the API: The Event Driven Internet

                          Summary: There's no question that APIs are hot and generating a lot of buzz and excitement. In this article, I'll review why APIs are causing so much excitement, make an argument for why APIs are not enough, and finally propose a model that significantly extends the power of an API: an event-driven view of the Internet. Extending your API with events will make your APIs much more able to compete and make your business more competitive. After reviewing event models, I discuss webhooks as an event model that complements an API strategy and then briefly talk about how Kynetx
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                          The Forgotten Edge: Building a Purpose-Centric Web

                          Abstract Since it's inception, the primary metaphor of the Web has been one of location. By framing the Web as a collection of places, we have necessarily caused Web development to focus on servers. But people don't get online to go to a server. They get online to get something done--achieve a purpose. This talk argues that focusing on purpose allows us to build Web applications that more closely align with what people want from the Web. Focusing on purpose will require a move to more intelligent client-side applications. Technological development in the area of Internet identity over the
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                          Getting Past Telco 1.0

                          Doc Searls has a good post on Getting Past Telco 1.0 at Linux Journal. He uses T-mobile's ridiculous "roaming charges" as an example of the kind of thing old-style telcos do that makes their customers hate them. He concludes: We're always going to have big companies. There are many things only big companies can do. But when those things involve the Net, those companies need outside help from free-range developers. They can't do it alone. They can't mandate it from the inside. Won't work. Dan Frye once told me that it took IBM several years to realize that they
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                          The Run to Ubiquity

                          Craig Burton has written a nice essay on why software infrastructure behaves differently, economically speaking, than other products and why that upsets the natural inclination most people have relative to protectionism. That, of course, is what the whole net neutrality debate is about. As Craig says, artificially disrupting the "run to ubiquity" in the software infrastructure on which we all depend, disrupts all players: all So here is my point about the inverted supply and demand model; today's core software infrastructure is made up of a core set of services. Roughly, file, print, web, database, directory, security, and the
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                          Understanding the Net

                          Doc Searls must have spent some of his convalescence deep in thought. His recent essay Saving the Net III: Understanding its Frames is a great piece on how we understand and don't understand the Net. This is a long essay. You'll actually have to do some reading if you want to get the meat of Doc's argument. But it's worth the time.
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                          Plaxo and Comcast

                          I'm still trying to make sense of the news that Comcast is buying Plaxo (reported value of the deal between $100 and $200 M). I can't tell you how happy I am for Plaxo and especially Joseph Smarr who I have great respect for (see our Technometria interview with Joseph Smarr here). Still, the discontinuity between what Plaxo is and what Comcast does is jarring--at least on the surface. I believe there is a fundamental conflict o interest between a company that does both transmission of traffic and sells other Internet services. Yeah, I know they all do it,
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                          Gin and Television: Using Our Social Surplus

                          Clay Shirky has posted a transcript of his Web 2.0 talk "Gin, Television, and Social Surplus." In it Shirky argues that television was the safety valve that society used to sponge up all the excess cognitive capacity that we developed after World War II. In effect, the mindless activity of watching television kept people from going crazy with all the spare cycles that they had. Shirky says that with the Internet and Web, we're starting to re-use that capacity for social good, finding ways to create value from what was previously wasted. So how big is that surplus? So
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                          Doc Searls and the Giant Zero

                          Last week, Scott Lemon and I had a very enjoyable conversations with Doc Searls about a concept he's calling The Giant Zero. The concept is simple. In Doc's words: The metaphor is a play on the meaning of both World of Ends (which I co-wrote with fellow Berkman fellow David Weinberger) and The Stupid Network, by Berkman alumnus David Isenberg. (David is also my given name, by the way. Coincidence?) The origin of the metaphor, however, is Craig Burton, who was the first to observe that an end-to-end architecture in which every point is essentially zero distance from every
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                          Reaching Into MySpace

                          Ben Rudofsky at EchoDitto is talking about the web as a power base. He uses a specific example of a blogger who isn't just influencing people's opinions, but more specifically their actions. He then makes the obvious leap into politics and talks about the Lamont-Liebermann race: In the political sphere, the sheer level of activity of the web demographic makes it an ideal target, an example dramatized by the Lamont-Lieberman race in Connecticut. Lamont's web presence was far superior, and the tech-consciousness of his campaign stood in sharp contrast to Lieberman's, which accused opponents of a denial of service
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                          Internet Marketing

                          A fellow Utah blogger, Janet Meiners, also known as Newspapergrl, is sponsoring a conference on Internet marketing. My good friend and Internet marking guru Paul Allen (the lesser) is the keynote speaker. If you're interested in this sort of thing, just hearing Paul speak would be worth the price of admission.
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                          It's Not 500 Channels Stupid

                          I remember reading an article in 1996 about "what is the Internet and what does it mean to me?" in one of those airline magazines that are always sitting in the seat pocket when you get on a plane. The bottom line of the article was that the Internet would bring 500 TV channels into every home. I remember thinking that this poor author just didn't get it. The Internet would bring millions of channels into our homes. I used to try to characterize this as a everyone as a media creator, but that didn't really capture it. Now
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                          Social Playground or Media Sandbox?

                          Thomas Barnett, who I interviewed on my Technometria podcast a while back, has an interesting perspective on how technology influences geopolitics. In a recent post, he claims that online trends will ensure that ten years from now, the Web "will be more the New Core social playland than the Old Core media sandbox (not that Disney-ABC aren't trying)."
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                          Bruce Sterling on the Internet of Things (ETech 2006)

                          The evening keynote (last night) was by Bruce Sterling on the Internet of Things. This was one of those talks that is impossible to blog. Even a word-for-word transcript wouldn't do it justice because Bruce's delivery is as much a part of the content as what he says. I'm sure it will be on IT Conversations soon and I encourage you to listen to it there. Bruce's message was about language and the power of naming. He said, that when it comes to remote technology, you don't want to freeze your language too early. It limits the ability of
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                          User-Centric Identity with Liberty

                          Flash demo of Liberty specifications being used in user-centric ID scenario(click to enlarge) Hubert A. Le Van Gong of Sun has a flash demo showing how a user-centric identity system can be built now using existing specifications from the Liberty Alliance. The demo shows some clear, user-centric behavior. You could nit pick about the applet and whether that's the best client, and so on, but that's not the point. The point is that user-centricity doesn't have to be "anti-Liberty" as some suppose. Liberty can be used in a number of ways. The real battle is educating companies in user-centric ideas
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                          Lightweight Identity Systems

                          Eve Maler has a nice list of Internet Identity systems. Good summary. Johannes Ernst adds some thoughts in the comments to Eve's post, so be sure to read the whole thing. Eve also offers up some slides (PDF) that introduce Liberty and SAML.
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                          IIW2006A Dates

                          We're planning dates for the 2006 Internet Identity Workshop (part A). We're planning to hold the workshop in the Bay area, but before we can finalize the venue, we need to pick dates. We've settled on May 2-3 or May 10-11 with a strong preference for May 2-3 right now. If you have strong feelings one way or the other, please let me know.
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                          IIW2006 Venue

                          We're looking for a venue for Internet Identity Workshop 2006. We're planning to hold it in the Bay Area in May. We need enough space for about 100 people and a way to hold 4-5 breakout sessions during part of the workshop. The workshop will last two days. If you have an suggestions, please let me know.
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                          Most Popular Posts for Fourth Quarter

                          Here are the most popular articles from Technometria in the fourth quarter of 2005 and the percentage of all page views they accounted for: Video iPod and Tivo - 6.41% How to Start a Blog - 5.25% Using VLC to Create iPod Ready Video - 3.77% Did You Know? DVD-R vs. DVD+R - 3.32% Ruby on Rails (OSCON 2005 Tutorial) - 2.57% Two of these, the one on starting a blog and the Ruby tutorial, were in August's most popular posts as well. As you'd expect all of these are fairly well placed on Google. Browser statistics for Technometria
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                          How Newspapers Can Use the Internet

                          Robin Miller writes an interesting essay at Slashdot on "why [newspapers have] failed to adapt, and what they must do if they want to survive in a world where the Internet dominates the news business." The lessons are helful for anyone trying to build content-based Web sites.
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                          Flushing the 'Net Down the Tubes

                          Doc Searls has written a brilliant piece framing the battle for the 'Net at Linux Journal. The piece is long, but if you take the time to read just one essay on the 'Net and the politics surrounding it this year, read this one. We haven't framed the conversation correctly If you're involved in public policy, it's especially important that you take the time to understand what's at stake here. One of Doc's main points: we haven't framed the conversation correctly and our poor choice of words makes the argument seem overly technical and arcane when it's really about
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                          IIW2005 Talks

                          If you missed IIW2005, or were there and wanted to hear something over again, the audio from the conference is now online. A big thanks to Scott Mace for recording the workshop and post processing the audio. You can link to the audio individually below or subscribe to this podcast. Opening remarks by Phil Windley, podcast from the Internet Identity Workshop, Oct. 26, 2005. (13:58) Identity in the Marketplace: The Rise of the Fully Empowered Customer, featuring Doc Searls, podcast from the Internet Identity Workshop, Oct. 26, 2005. (1:19:31) [Notes from my blog] Use Cases for the Social Web,
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                          Rasiej Campaign Post-Mortem

                          Micah Sifry has written a post-mortem about the Andy Rasiej campaign for NYC Public Advocate. Some important lessons there for anyone using the Internet for leverage. Here were a few that hit home for me: We misjudged how much people would care about our initial pledge to not take more than $100 per donors, and we overestimated how much the Internet could compensate for our weaknesses, in terms of spreading our message and assisting with fundraising; Low name recognition plus low voter attention meant that network effects (such as a message spreading virally, or friends of the campaign being
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                          IIW2005: Doc Searls

                          Doc is leading out today giving a foundation for why identity matters. Markets are places where people meet to exchange things and make culture. Free markets are not "your choice of silo." Doc notes that the difference between "content" and "speech" is critical. Congress can't regulate speech, but they can regulate the movement of content (his example is the FCC broadcast restrictions on obscenity). The 'Net needs to be a place for free speech and where free enterprise happens. This is an example of an issue that is not about left or right, Democrat or Republican. It can be
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                          Yet Another Decentralized Identity Interoperability System

                          There have been several proposals for Internet identity systems over the past 18 months or so, including Microsoft's InfoCard proposal, SXIP, and several URL-based systems including LID, OpenID, and Passel. Today Brad Fitzpatrick (of LiveJournal/Six Apart and inventor of OpenID), Johannes Ernst (of NetMesh and LID), and David Recordon announced a proposal to build an interoperability framework for LID and OpenID called YADIS (Yet Another Decentralized Identity Interoperability System). Here's part of what they said in the announcement: Working on this problem, we realized quickly that what we were really building was a bottom-up, light-weight interoperability framework for personal
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