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

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 Reputation.com, 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

Open Identity Pilot For Open Government Announced

Drummond Reed the Executive Director of the Information Card Foundation and one of the DataPortability Project’s early advocates and current Steering Committee member dropped me a note this morning with some great news coming out of Washington DC, in regards to various vendors working together on a Pilot for Open Identity for the Open . . . → Read More: Open Identity Pilot For Open Government Announced

DataPortability Community Invited to Semantic Technologies Conference in San Jose, CA June 14-19th, Free and Discounted Options

We are hosting a DataPortability get-together at SemTech 2009, the Semantic Technology Conference, at the San Jose Fairmont on Monday, June 15, 2009, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  As an added bonus, when you register to attend this meetup, you will get access to Chris Saad’s conference session which takes place immediately prior (5:00pm-6:00pm)!

You need . . . → Read More: DataPortability Community Invited to Semantic Technologies Conference in San Jose, CA June 14-19th, Free and Discounted Options

So what has the DataPortability Project been doing?

Tomorrow, we will be holding first quarterly plenary meeting – where the community at large can question the DataPortability Project’s leadership. As a member of the plenary (membership is free – contact the Steering Groups Secretary Steve Repetti for more information), you can make binding decisions as well.

So since this is our first . . . → Read More: So what has the DataPortability Project been doing?

DataPortability Conferences

Catch the DataPortability discussion continued at upcoming conferences…

April 15-17: The Next Web – Amsterdam

I will be on an Alumni panel. The exact topic is yet determined but count on it being overarching and focused on the changes to the social web over the last year. Joining us on the panel will . . . → Read More: DataPortability Conferences

Graceful Exit: Yahoo!’s flickr evicts Shéhérazade

Flickr deleted a popular photographer’s collection. Thomas Hawk reports this eviction from start to finish. Arbitrary justifications, no notice, no appeal, no ability to restore the photos, deletion of third-party intellectual property (thousands of comments). It seems the justification was without merit.

Does your city give landlords this much power?

Should you have . . . → Read More: Graceful Exit: Yahoo!’s flickr evicts Shéhérazade

Graceful Exit: facebook evicts Nakedjen

Excerpt from a tragic exit, a story of online eviction from Facebook, without notice, merit, or recourse: 

All was definitely not well.

Facebook obliterated Nakedjen.

Obliterated.  Deleted.  Made me disappear. 

And they did it without any warning or even a simple email telling me that I had done something wrong.

My email to them . . . → Read More: Graceful Exit: facebook evicts Nakedjen

The songs of data portability

Some New Year’s music to get your data portability going.

Charlie Perry, cebperry, 30, Australia. Song starts 3 minutes in.

Danny Ayers, djayers, 44, Italy. “Get Your Data Out,” 3:57.

I’m always impressed by hidden talents. It’s so hard to fit everything we are into data structures. . . . → Read More: The songs of data portability