Open Arms: a data portability approach

Caveat Lector: this is a rough draft of my thinking on what a Portability EULA/ToS should say/do/include. Please comment. In the EULA/ToS task force, we are exploring ways of explaining portability with simple analogies. – Phil

We’ve discussed Graceful Exit, the ability for people to control their departure from a site or . . . → Read More: Open Arms: a data portability approach

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?

Facebook and Lumpy policy decisions

Rethinking your TOS/EULA is a pain in the neck. Nobody wants to divert attention, money or energy thinking about it. It seems like a serious distraction from making money and serving customers.

Looking at the 2009 Facebook policy hubbub, it’s a big deal. It sucks up attorney fees, management, press, even engineering into a . . . → Read More: Facebook and Lumpy policy decisions

Special Election results

FROM: Elias Bizannes, DataPortability Project vice-chair, election returning officer TO: DataPortability Project Members and Supporters RE:Special Election results

Voting for the Special election of the Steering Group has closed.

A total of 30 votes were cast, of which 28 that were recognised. Two votes were disqualifed for Givotovsky as the voting member had not . . . → Read More: Special Election results

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

Redefining and Standardizing ‘Ownership’

Facebook, by virtue of its sheer size and scope, is often the first to run into issues that the rest of the social web will need to address sooner rather than later. To its credit, Facebook seems to be trying to address these issues in a way that protects their short and long term . . . → Read More: Redefining and Standardizing ‘Ownership’

Is Facebook’s Move to “Openness” Setting a de facto Standard?

Yesterday, Facebook took a further step in opening its network by introducing enhancements and new features to its developer APIs. Facebook’s new APIs make it easier for applications to update user statuses, links, and upload videos from outside of Facebook. This effort will likely generate a flurry of activity in the developer community as . . . → Read More: Is Facebook’s Move to “Openness” Setting a de facto Standard?

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

Graceful Exit: The Power to Fight Eviction

Online Eviction

Jason Scott’s Protection From Online Eviction? and his follow up post make the argument that services like AOL, MySpace, flickr, or Skype should be treated like landlords.

The power landlords have over tenants is overwhelming, unless restricted by law. The argument: if they want to shut down a service, essentially evicting users, . . . → Read More: Graceful Exit: The Power to Fight Eviction