I have since connecting with a few fellow travelers on this journey of life been talking a lot about the Green Man Archetype with them. I hope to share more of these dialogues at some point when the are riper. I feel compelled to share this picture of a stunning Green Man sculpture.
So I have had a whirlwind of a week (for the third one in a row). I began at the Social Venture Network in Tuscon. There were some cool companies there like Peter Strugatz’s Ice Stone, Zak Zaidman of Kupali, There was Greg (founder of Odwala) and his new Juice Company Adina (really tasty) Peacekeeper Makeup, indigenous designs (actually good looking organic cloths)
The internet Identity workshop went Great! There are pictures here at Meng’s site and on flickr.
Before TagCamp I had a good meeting with a client of mine – opinity.com. I got decked out for Tag Camp 🙂
At tag camp I had a good time – although I was a bit ADD flitting between sessions. I was honored to be asked facilitate the closing circle.
I got to share i-tags wiki. It was great to get that out there finally. I was the one who introduced Mary and Drummond. As soon as Mary explained to me how technorati tags worked – I thought that XRI might fit in perfectly. They being more technically savvy then I have put a bunch of work into innovating a way to have open tags really happen.
I had a great conversation with Stowe at BlogON he wrote up some of what we talked about:
She suggested that we examine the asymmetries in relationships between individuals and businesses, and the likelihood that people will increasingly demand more symmetric relationships. As just one example, Kaliya maintains that people will want to retain information about their purchasing history, and not simply cede it to those businesses that we do business with. And, we may want to invert the normal course of business, based on this information. Imagine that I am traveling to San Francisco, and I could publish some version of my hotel rental history and interests through some as now unavailble solution (a mirror-image of eBay, perhaps?) that would allow hotels to publish bids to me for rooms. This general observation about increasing the symmetry in relationships through social technologies will be a springboard into related within-the-business topics, as well. I believe that social tools are inherently subversive, because they will disrupt established patterns of authority, and naturally push business toward acting as more democratic swarmocracies.
I can’t wait to talk about this more at the Symposium next month on the session “Is Business Ready For Social Software?”.
Your birthdate please – I need to enter it into the computers if you want to by cigarets.
This is what I heard said to the woman in front of me at a Walgreens across the street from my hotel in Memphis, TN. I inquired to the store clerk if this was the law to ask for someone’s birth date and enter it into the computer and she said yes for cigarets and ‘other items’ (I didn’t find out what they were). It seems that here in TN they have begun to break down the separation between the issuance of documents that assert one is over 18 and the presentation of those same documents to engage in commerce.
I wonder how many other states have similar laws. It makes me a bit nervous to think about the potential for states to require the swiping of an identity card to make such purchase. With all of the new tools we are creating that are to empower people how do we ensure they are not abused. Maybe Bob was right – if we build them then we should expect them to be abused by requiring people to turn over certain kinds of data they have about themselves. And so we should not build them.
I am inspired by the possibilities for empowerment but this little incident really makes me wonder.
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 am writing this paper for the Gandhain Nonviolence Conference today. IO have been thinking a lot about how to “explain” the internet to these peace loving types. I found this movie that does a good job of explaining data-packets moving around the net. Believe it or not they are all animated. i would have put more information in about rendering web pages but it is a great intro.
I just had my first spotlight search experience. It was good.
I don’t know what everyone is complaining about.
Perhaps it went well cause I have a month old machine with Tiger on it natively and 1G of RAM. I hope searching the web and searching what our social network knows about things becomes this easy.
“Web 2.0” is the idea that the web is now the platform. In the development of computing we always think in “platforms”
You’ll find is a bunch of companies that are building applications (and sub-platforms) on the Web 2.0 meme — and they *all* are either touching digital identity or going to need digital identity.
I’m pleased to report that a truly significant thing is occurring — the identity architects in the enterprise are beginning to mingle with the identity folks out in end-user land.
I believe the technology stars are beginning to align; that the marketplace is beginning (beginning, I say) to catch up with the conversation; that maybe – just maybe…
This is great news. Sounds like we should have a BOF or some other identity gang/workshop related gathering. I went to look for the listing of BOFs and or the event wiki – couldn’t find it. I wonder what kind of Web 2.0 event is this with no wiki? Hopefully all will become clear on Wednesday :).
I found this in a MasterCard Croporate Solutions Advertisement in the Economist Technology Quarterly:
Could you stand to lose some of the headaches associated with your global travel management program? Then consider MasterCard. Not only our Multinational Corporate Card Program let you manage global information (like enhanced hotel folio and airline data) straight from our Global Data Repository into your expense management system. But our Smart Data OnLine(tm) lets you seemlessly organize, consolidate, and analyze spend data — anytime, anywhere in 13 languages and virtually every currency — to cut costs and increase productivity. That gives you added leverage in negotiations with suppliers, plus better compliance control, expense reporting and analysis. And since MasterCard is accepted at over 21 million locations worldwide, you’ll never get panicked phone calls from your associates abroad.
There was a great panel on Women in Open Source at OSCON. It raised some very interesting issues including the open question of why there is 10x fewer women in Open Source then in the regular tech industry (as programmers and technical roles). Worth thinking about more and I hope that O’Reilly and others can continue the inquiry within its events.
The first day of OSCON05 was great.
I had a meeting with a potential client for Integrative Activism in the morning went to downtown and picked up more business cards and headed to the Airport.
I had an identity ‘incident’ after making it through security. I went to add minutes to my phone and some how got popped out to a personal operated. She REQUIRED the last four digits of my SSN so they could ‘verify’ my identity by pulling information for the cloud to determine I am me. They would have the service that does this call me within the hour to ask me questions. This happened the last time I went to put money on this phone. It is quite disconcerting. Luckly this time I canceled the order and managed to make it through just ‘touch’ tone and get it minuets on my phone.
I took a cab from the airport to Drupal Con and make a great short presentation about i-names It was a big moment- I got to show it really working with the Identity Commons News Blog and Planetwork. I also showed my Integrative Activism’s first CS/Drupal – for spiritual activist leaders. I also showed them some of the most graphically stunning Drupal sites ever build byCivicActions – Open Network.TV and Shift in Action for IONS.
Then I headed over to the Flocking Party. Flock is a new Mozilla based social web browser. Hopefully the identity stuff we have been working on is applicable.
Marc Canter had a great week at Always On. The Identity Hub took a step forward with the announcement of the GoingOn Network.
(I didn’t make it 🙁 because I was hanging out with the Spiritual Activists in a different part of the Bay Area looking for clients for Integrative Activism.)
I got to hang out at the WordPress partyon Sunday evening and some of the folks were nerding out on Microformats that seem like a key part of the weaving the social web.
I have a busy week coming up with Tag Tuesday tomorrow night. Eugene Kim and Zack at SDForum and then Planetwork Thursday on Identity
July Planetwork FOCUS on DIGITAL IDENTITY TOOLS
Thursady, July 28th doors at 6, program at 7
CIIS, Namaste Hall,3rd Floor
1453 Mission St. San Francisco (2 blocks from Civic Center BART)
With my emerging persona as Identity Woman curated this line up that provides a great opportunity to learn more about some of the latest tools for next generation digital identity.
Light Weight Identity – LID
Johannes Ernst NetMesh Inc. .
Light-Weight Identity(tm)– LID(tm)– a new and very simple digital identity protocol that puts users in control of their own digital identities, without reliance on a centralized party and without approval from an “identity provider”.
Brad Fitzpatrick Six Apart, Ltd.
OpenID, a decentralized identity system, but one that’s actually decentralized and doesn’t entirely crumble if one company turns evil or goes out of business. An OpenID identity is just a URL.
Sun Single Sign On
Pat Patterson Sun Microsystems
Sun is announcing the intention to open source web single sign-on. This project, called Open Web Single Sign-On, or OpenSSO, gives developers access to the source code to these basic identity services allows them to focus on innovations that solve more urgent problems, such as securely connecting partner networks, ensuring user privacy, and proving compliance.
Opinity provides open reputation for end users. It is a young start up offering free online reputation management related services so that individuals can authenticate, aggregate, and mobilize their website (eBay, Amazon, etc.) reputations. Opinity also offers reputation management tools so that individuals can monitor, build, and work to enhance their own reputation going forward. Individuals can also review other individuals at the Opinity website.
Planetwork has been hosting monthly networking forums in the Bay Area for the last 3 years. We are a unique network sitting at the nexus of technology use for social and environmental good. To support the monthly forums we invite voluntary donations (in a basket on the food table).
If you would like to join our mailing list to get more information about upcoming events please go to this page and get a planetwork i-name and then set your mail preferences.
I don’t feel so bad now…I see that Chris Cepi has not blogged since DIDW either. His last post highlights such as:
Best Semantic Transformation: Kim Cameron swapping “reify” for “thingify”
Most Predictable Vendor Behavior: Awkwardly inserting the recent Identity Theft instances into product and company pitches – for products and companies that do not provide technology that would have prevented any of the examples cited.
I missed Chris’ presentation cause I just was over tired and couldn’t find a plug at the back of the room. I promise I will make it to the next one.
I noticed visiting his blog that Thomas Barnett is in his blog roll – rad thinking our the state of our world related to connected and disconnectedness.
So I am about to head into NYC to meet with Susan Crawford. I am exited. hopefully I will remember to actually take a photo so that I can use flickr.
I have just relocated to Word Press… as promised in my first post when I could get it working and have an XMLRPC hook (still have to figure that out though). I like the look of this theme – soon it will say Identity Woman in the headline.