#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.

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 ActivityStrea.ms 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.

Continue reading Notes from the ActivityStreams lunch

Check out #OExchange, a data portability protocol

New: “OExchange is an open protocol for sharing any URL with any service on the web.” . . . → Read More: Check out #OExchange, a data portability protocol

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

Lobby against the password anti-pattern

Back in January, I wrote how it’s time to criminalise the password anti-pattern. The password anti-pattern is where service A requires you to enter your service B username and password so service A can act for you with your B service. It teaches you how to be phished, and the only way to resolve . . . → Read More: Lobby against the password anti-pattern

Forget Open Standards

Forget Open Standards…

Well, sort of. To date, the DataPortability project has often referred to its vision as “Open Standards based Data Portability”.

The problem, though, is that people don’t get why Open Standards are so important. Some even think that we’re advocating open standards for the sake of open standards. In . . . → Read More: Forget Open Standards

Time To Criminalize The Password Anti-pattern

Update: Twitter made another commitment today to adopting OAuth which is great! However they acknowledge that it won’t solve all problems (like we argue) – nevertheless these are positive steps to us eradicating the password anti-pattern

In case you’ve never heard of it, Twitter is a micro-blogging service that is doing to communications . . . → Read More: Time To Criminalize The Password Anti-pattern

The “why” of Open Standards

There’s a great book that you need to read if this whole data portability world perplexes you, called Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams. Suffice to say, it’s one of those Must Read books, but what I want to share is a story the boys wrote . . . → Read More: The “why” of Open Standards