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Sen. Wyden: Your data’s yours no matter on whose server it lives

This is significant, and very welcome. US Sen. Wyden is quoted by the Washington Post as follows: "Some will still argue that by sharing data freely with Facebook, Google, Mint, Uber, Twitter, Fitbit or Instagram, Americans are choosing to make that data public. But that is simply not the case," And he continues with one…

Articulating the cost of the “feudal” big internet company model

The internet has turned into warring fiefdoms of new feudal overlords: Facebook, Google, Microsoft etc. There are advantages of this new feudal model: free products. No system administration hassles. Higher security etc. I'm trying to articulate the costs and downsides. Less "control" for the individual is not a downside in itself. What are the things…

Intro to Personal Clouds at IIW

This week, I had the honor to give the intro presentation on Personal Clouds at the Internet Identity Workshop. Dan Blum, previously Distinguished Analyst at Gartner and now with Respect Network, joined me in the second part. We had a packed room, and the audience reception was incredibly positive. It seemed the entire IIW has…

Idea for how to secure my digital assets

Here's an outline for how this problem could be solved. Note that this is only about "archived", "backed-up" versions of the data, not production use. E.g. to edit my family pictures, I continue to have them on my PC. And to log into a website, I continue to use a local password manager. This is…

Securing My Personal Digital Assets

Some questions to ponder: If your house burned down, with all your computers inside, how much critical data would you and your family lose? What if you were hit by the bus, could your family still do everything they needed to do? Would they even know which bills to pay on-line every month? It struck…