The Washington Post published this recent piece on the battles that were fought and lost over the USA Patriot Act last year when everyone was crying for more power for law enforcement. Bruce Schneier had this to say in the June Cryptogram. It’s not about data collection; it’s about data analysis. Again from the 30 September 2001 issue of Crypto-Gram: “Demands for even more surveillance miss the point. The problem is not obtaining data, it’s deciding which data is worth analyzing and then interpreting it.
Kevin Werbach has an article at News.com describing the trend of computers toward decentralization. He indentifies 3 W’s leading the effort.
What’s the connection between Wi-Fi wireless networks, Weblogs and Web services? They are among the few technologies thriving amid the industrywide downturn. What’s more, they are examples of the trend toward decentralization.
Open Democracy has a short essay on the power of association and the conversion of real capital into social capital. Basically it tells the story of how the Bank of Sweden created the Bank of Sweden Prize for Economics in honor of Alfred Nobel in 1968 and used the power of Nobel’s name and the history of all the earlier words to legitimize economics as a scientific endeavor. It’s guilt by association in reverse and it worked incredibly well.
Here’s an interesting question about the future of social networks posed on the Edge. What if we could use technology to scale our relationships up to many thousands or millions of people? I’ve been thinking in my own mind recently about the power of hidden personal knowledge. I attended an open house for the School of Information at the University of Michigan last week and one of the presenters commented that we would all be surprised at the diversity of experience represented in the room.
More experiments with blog clients. This time I’m testing w.bloggar