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

App.net commits to data portability as a brand promise

App.net, 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: App.net commits to data portability as a brand promise

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

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.

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

Data portability in the Credit Card industry

Credit card data portability . . . → Read More: Data portability in the Credit Card industry

Dataportability officially endorses the Health Data Bill of Rights

We previously wrote in regards to the Dataportability Healthcare Taskforce endorsing the Health Data Bill of Rights.  We are now pleased to announce that the Dataportability project is officially endorsing the Health Data Bill of Rights as stated below ….

In an era when technology allows personal health information to be more easily stored, . . . → Read More: Dataportability officially endorses the Health Data Bill of Rights

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

DataPortability Project Plenary Quarterly Meeting – Q2 09 July 21st 16:00 – 17:00 UTC

FROM: Daniela Barbosa, DataPortability Project chair, TO: DataPortability Project Members and Supporters RE: Quarterly Plenary Meeting- Q2 09

As per our 2009 strategic goals, the Steering Group of the DataPortability Project will be responsible for quarterly plenary meetings to engage the community more with what we are doing. The plenary is an important part . . . → Read More: DataPortability Project Plenary Quarterly Meeting – Q2 09 July 21st 16:00 – 17:00 UTC