So on this snark blog – Go Flock Yourself that my buddy Jon Garfunkel sent along has this interesting post asserting that Web 2.0 retards need to read more Tufte. in reference to this picture with notes on flickr. The good news is that is coming to San Jose and San Francisco this month Dec 5-8. About 8 months ago after NTEN I went to Boston just for the workshop because Marty recommended it. Well worth it – you get all of his books and a day long course – Presenting Data and Information.
I spent Tuesday in DC at the NTEN – Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network conference on Data Integration. Andy and I were at the morning session on open standards. We both got comments afterwards that our comments and information about i-names and XDI were better then the content of the panelists. Andy had this to say about his learnings.
They are all talking about how to better tether their horses to their carts. I tried to tell them about carsâ€¦ They wanted to know how you tether a horse to a car…There needs to be a real paradigm shift. Itâ€™s going to take some time, and a lot of work. The glimmer of hope; there were a few people there that really got it. Together with those few people I think we can move this stuff forward by leading by example.
I got to reconnect with Ed Batista the former ED of NTEN and now Director of Attention Trust (he also is 1/2 time at Beconfire as a consultant). He specifically mentioned Eric’s article about Web 3.0 looking at Identity and Web 2.0.
I often think my country of origin would do things like the following from the Winsor Star:
The federal cabinet will review new legislation this fall that would give police and security agencies vast powers to begin surveillance of the Internet without court authority.
The new measures would allow law-enforcement agents to intercept personal e-mails, text messages and possibly even password-secure websites used for purchasing and financial transactions.
Geist said the version of the legislation that was circulated by the government failed to protect the privacy and legal rights of citizens. It also placed a severe requirement on Internet service providers to hold data and records of Internet and e-mail use by their clients.
He said the draft version allowed police the right to telephone Internet service providers around the clock, and require them to provide records and data on client files within 30 minutes.
I am reminded of the EFF talk from last week at NTEN with the analogy that we would never tolerate the government photo coping and retaining all of our snail mail but some how in the digital realm it is ok.
I had a really busy two weeks. It ended finally on Friday with the NTEN (Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network) Conference on Emerging Technology. I got to hang with some of my favorite folks from the NonProfit Tech world but more on that later. One of the good things was we keynote talk from Kevin Bankston from the EFF.
He was less articulate then Daniel Solve about why the courts have ruled that information held by third parties are not protected under the 4th amendment. It is because the courts interpret a third party even the service provider of knowing your phone number (because they are providing you that service) as not private. In the digital age this third party status expands to so many many things.
He talked about the laws they have and are considering about e-mail. They basically mandate the service providers keep copies of everything that comes to your in-box and the records of where you travel on the net. He gave a great analogy about this. It is like the government is mandating the post office to photocopy every piece for mail you ever get and store it for 10 years in case some government agency needs to search it.