Data Gravity, or the theory that Data has Mass.

There’s an interesting article on TechCrunch today entitled “How Authoritarianism Will Lead To The Rise Of The Data Smuggler.”

While the article itself is interesting, and discusses a level of data portability far beyond what most people think about today, it also makes reference to the concept of “Data Gravity” posited by Dave McCrory. . . . → Read More: Data Gravity, or the theory that Data has Mass.

Tim Berners-Lee Demands Data Portability

Wow, crazy good day for data portability capped by Tim Berners-Lee’s thoughts on the subject. From CNET: “The father of the World Wide Web says having all that data could have “tremendous potential to help humanity.”

Full article here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57415764-93/tim-berners-lee-tell-facebook-google-you-want-your-data-back/

The State of Data Portability in Social Media, Part I – A Closer Look at Facebook

[The following is not a commentary on data portability policies at Facebook --- that will be a follow-up to this series. Instead, this article attempts to document the current state of data portability within social media, and in this case, Facebook in particular]

Every day, Facebook consumes billions of snippets of people’s lives in . . . → Read More: The State of Data Portability in Social Media, Part I – A Closer Look at Facebook

Data Portability Wars : Google and Facebook vs. YOU

Well, here we go again.

The big companies love to embrace data portability and the freedom it provides its users, not to mention the press and goodwill that comes with it, as long as it doesn’t conflict with their corporate agenda.

Let’s call it what it is: Facebook and Google both support “convenient” data . . . → Read More: Data Portability Wars : Google and Facebook vs. YOU

Google Unleashes New Data Portability Initiative: Google Takeout

Google today unveiled a new service that provides advanced Data Portability across its diverse platform.  Google Takeout (http://www.google.com/takeout) makes it easy to extract your data from a variety of Google Services including: Buzz, Contact and Circles, Picasa Web Albums, and Profile. The information is provided in a variety of formats, including vCard and JSON . . . → Read More: Google Unleashes New Data Portability Initiative: Google Takeout

Data Portability Applauds US CIO, Mourns Departure

Today, friends of Data Portability lost an ally in their cause when the Federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, announced he will be leaving his post in August. Mr. Kundra was the first-ever Chief Information Officer of the United States. During his tenure, Mr. Kundra championed the use of open standards, cloud computing, accessibility, and data . . . → Read More: Data Portability Applauds US CIO, Mourns Departure

2011 Steering Committee Election Results

The DataPortability Project’s 2011 officers are Chairman Steve Repetti, Vice Chair Daniela Barbosa, Treasurer Elias Bizannes and Secretary Nate Benes. Drummond Reed and Brady Brim-DeForest will be the Project’s stewards to the Identity Commons. . . . → Read More: 2011 Steering Committee Election Results

RockMelt Builds on Facebook’s Data Portability

An innovative new product has entered the scene that will likely test the resolve of Facebook and others as it relates to data portability.  RockMelt (www.rockmelt.com) is a customized implementation of the open source (Google) Chrome browser that tightly integrates social media while maintaining the comfort (and speed) of the Chrome browsing environment. It . . . → Read More: RockMelt Builds on Facebook’s Data Portability

A step in the right direction, says vice-chair of the DataPortability Project

Today’s announcement from Facebook represents the most important statement from them to-date regarding Data Portability. But to be clear, it is by no means the ultimate solution we all seek. Still, it represents major movement in the right direction.

First, you literally can draw a line on the calendar and say “prior to this . . . → Read More: A step in the right direction, says vice-chair of the DataPortability Project

Facebook Embraces Data Portability – Again

Facebook issues strongest endorsement of Data Portability yet, saying the people own their own data. . . . → Read More: Facebook Embraces Data Portability – Again