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LID, OpenID and the Personal Cloud

When I started working on LID -- the first proposal for a decentralized web identity system -- about eight years ago, I did not just have a set of techie protocols in mind, but a technical architecture with social ramifications: people would grab a URL (say http://upon2020.com/), and set up their personal web presence at…

Personal Clouds and Life Management Platforms

Martin Kuppinger, of analyst firm Kuppinger Cole, has an interesting report out titled "Life Management Platforms: Control and Privacy for Personal Data". In it, he brings together some major technology and social trends to predict an opportunity for individuals to manage their own data, in a privacy-protecting way, while improving interaction with major vendor organizations…

Personal Clouds mailing list

From the list overview: Cloud computing today typically means that we have to hand over our data to big companies who decide which features they give us (and sometimes force on us), and who can and do unilaterally change their terms of service on us whenever they like. What if instead, we could each have…

Personal Cloud Meeting at IIW

We had an excellent brainstorming meeting on Personal Clouds at IIW yesterday. About 20 people showed up to discuss their views on Personal Clouds: what they are and aren't, what they need to do, will do in the future, and what they can't and shouldn't do. I was really surprised by how much agreement there…

Is iCloud a Personal Cloud?

It's amazing how my personal photos move around effortlessly between my iPhone, the iPad and iPhoto on the MacBook, by virtue of Apple's iCloud. They just "show up" when I want them, as if by magic (sorry, but this marketing slogan is somewhat appropriate here). So is iCloud a Personal Cloud, in the sense it…