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.

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

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

2010 DPP Steering Committee/Board of Directors Announced

The Data Portability Project is pleased to announce the election of its new board for the 2010 term. Election and participation in the Steering Committee and Board of Directors is pursuant to the in-force governance charter of the organization and subject to certification by the DPP Corporate Secretary.

The charter provides for the . . . → Read More: 2010 DPP Steering Committee/Board of Directors Announced

Still Looking for that Special Gift? Give them some DataPortability

See all available gear at our DataPortability Project CafePress store.

What’s on the cool kids list this year?  They want to show their support for data portability with some of the following gear:

1.0 L Sigg Bottle Ringer Tshirt

Trucker hat Cap

Spaghetti Tank Baseball Jersey

Holiday Image background . . . → Read More: Still Looking for that Special Gift? Give them some DataPortability

Data Portability Membership Registration and Board Elections

Since its founding, the Data Portability organization has been fortunate to have had participation from a diverse collection of folks scattered throughout the globe. So much has already be done, yet there is so much left to accomplish. There are exciting things ahead for data portability in 2010, and this is all as the . . . → Read More: Data Portability Membership Registration and Board Elections

A Shining Example of Great Work in the Open Web!

The web is full of interesting initiatives and exciting efforts by lots of folks and organizations. All too often the results of these efforts are lost in the noise of everything else going on, rendering it virtually impossible to keep up with all of the “good stuff”. Today, one of the good things came . . . → Read More: A Shining Example of Great Work in the Open Web!

POWER.COM Serves FACEBOOK a PR HEADACHE, Thrusts DATA PORTABILITY into LEGAL Spotlight

Yesterday, social aggregator POWER.COM filed a countersuit against Facebook that raises some thorny issues for Facebook and adds some interesting defenses for the case of data portability and personal data ownership. It is not yet clear from reading the pleadings whether either party will win in this escalating case (there are some key issues and concepts on both sides that a Court will have to wade through), but it is clear the issue of Data Portability comes center stage. . . . → Read More: POWER.COM Serves FACEBOOK a PR HEADACHE, Thrusts DATA PORTABILITY into LEGAL Spotlight