Congrats to Google Takeout for adding Blogger, G+ Page exports

The Data Liberation Front advanced Google’s data portability practices another two notches, adding export for Blogger blogs and for Google+ Pages to Google Takeout. Kudos.

A few questions:

How complete are these exports?

Do they include comments left on blogs?  Trackbacks?  Site settings?  Media and files?  Blogrolls?  Themes and templates?  How do they deal with people?  . . . → Read More: Congrats to Google Takeout for adding Blogger, G+ Page exports commits to data portability as a brand promise, the we’re-supported-by-our-users-not-by-advertisers twitter alternative, promises data portability to its uses. Let’s look at their core values.

We are selling our product, NOT our users.

We will never sell your personal data, content, feed, interests, clicks, or anything else to advertisers. We promise.

On the one hand, no selling your explicit, inferred or . . . → Read More: commits to data portability as a brand promise

Facebook: More access to your data

Rebecca MacKinnon's Consent of the Networked book cover

Facebook continues to improve on data portability issues. On The Media spoke last week to an Austrian student sent a thousand-page data dump when he asked Facebook for his personal data under EU law. Today, when you ask, Facebook sends you a form email (text below). You’re still not getting all of your data, but your self-service options are more complete and easier. Data you can download includes your profile and much of your activity, including off-Facebook “likes.” How useful and reusable is the downloaded data? I don’t know; if you try, please ping me and I’ll update the post. Meanwhile, Facebook’s Data Access Request Team writes “We expect to have a new tool with additional categories of data to download available in the next few months.”  Here’s hoping the new downloads come with specs so third-parties can put your archive to work.

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Merc: Battle brewing over control of personal data online

Mike Swift writes up the personal data space as a contest between individuals and large corporations. Swift interviewed Kaliya Hamlin of the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium and PDEC members, Personal, and Singly. The Consortium doesn’t approach the challenge as a direct conflict. They see a realignment of behavior by people and enterprises producing . . . → Read More: Merc: Battle brewing over control of personal data online

IIW12: An NSTIC Project Risk Analysis

At last week’s Internet Identity Workshop in Mountain View, California, I led a brainstorming session to identify risks to the success of the new National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC, pronounced “EN-stick”). The strategy is to encourage many non-government organizations to provide digital identity and personal data services in a way that meets the needs of individuals, identity providers and those who rely on digital identity. What could go wrong with a project like this? What can be done to avoid these threats and risks? To mitigate them when they show up? Meeting notes…

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Tuesday’s DataPortability session at IIW12

We took a stab at rewriting the ten Portability Policy questions as user demands, behavior we want.  

The list so far.

Document your APIs and data formats. Support existing identities. Support referencing to authoritative data in a location of my choosing. (include by reference) Support auto-updating from authoritative data in a . . . → Read More: Tuesday’s DataPortability session at IIW12

World Economic Forum starts work on Data Portability

When titans of industry and state meet, worlds can change. The World Economic Forum launched a three year “Rethinking Personal Data” project, including data portability. Their first report, Personal Data: The Emergence of a New Asset Class, shows their direction.

A new asset class? That’s a telling use of language. Investopedia refers to securities with “similar characteristics, behave similarly in the marketplace, and are subject to the same laws and regulations.” Stocks, bonds, cash, real estate, and intellectual property are common asset classes. Some managerial accountants defined human capital as a new asset class.

Securities and IP go back hundreds of years. As a new asset class, personal data will have its own characteristics and market behavior, its own laws and regulations. We’ve barely mapped this new landscape. U.S. law doesn’t even recognize a theory of rights associated with personal data. So there is a great deal of work ahead. Some of that is ours, at the DataPortability Project. It falls to the DPP to crisply define data portability’s purpose, why it matters, how it fits into lives lived digitally. That’s some of our work at next week’s Internet Identity Workshop in Mountain View. [Skype me if you’d like an IIW discount code.]

Speed matters. A look at the chart below, from Bain, shows a rush to capitalize on billion dollar markets in data.

WEF report - Figure 4: The Personal Data Ecosystem: A Complex Web From Data Creation To Data Consumption

If we don’t embed data portability values and vision into the new identity and personal data infrastructure, it could take decades to achieve our goals.

So read WEF’s first report, below the fold. See where their thinking is now. And ask: where can we amplify their commitment to personal data portability?

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#portability4trust: How we will bring data portability to trust frameworks this quarter.

Dial or Skype details for this Wednesday’s Conference Call to start before IIW.

Here’s how you can bring the ideas in our data portability policy to hundreds of millions of people. I’ll need your help in May and June to start. In short: build portability principles into boilerplate identity contracts.

What’s a trust framework? . . . → Read More: #portability4trust: How we will bring data portability to trust frameworks this quarter.

NYT: Companies should give usage data to customers

There’s data I create explicitly, like typing my name or dialing a phone number. Then there’s data I create as a byproduct of my using a product. Economist Richard H. Thaler writes in the New York Times that companies should share usage data with their customers. “Show Us the Data. (It’s Ours, . . . → Read More: NYT: Companies should give usage data to customers

Notes from the ActivityStreams lunch

The ActivityStreams group’s technical efforts to finalize a spec in time for the next OpenSocial event in May are coming along nicely. What about the other elements that make for healthy protocol adoption?

Why am I posting AS updates to the DataPortability blog?

Activity Streams reflects our data portability values, helping users have their data wherever they go online. I’m participating in the AS effort on behalf of the #DPP.

— Phil Wolff, editor

We talked about what it takes to launch the site. This was about a half hour of our April 1st, 2011, four-hour lunch at Chevy’s in San Francisco during the Web 2.0 Expo.

Activity Streams logoWe started with design questions.

Who is our site’s customer? We tried to categorize by organization size (BigCos, startups, individuals) but this didn’t work. Roles worked better. So far we’re clustering geeks (engineers, technologists) and non-geeks (suits, product managers, designers).

Goals? What might these users want when they visit?

  • Fix my stream. Technical help.
  • Learn. How to, specs, why.
  • Get. SDKs, code samples, books, t-shirts.
  • Discuss. Specs evolution, issues, implementation.
  • Promote my stream. Testimonials, leaderboard.
  • Build tools. Extensions, validators.

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