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Doc on Freedom vs. Tracking

As usual, he nails it: I am a customer. I am not data. I do not wish to yield personal data, even if anonymized, to anybody other than those with whom I have a fully consenting, non-coercive and respectful relationship. I do not wish to receive offers as a matter of course, even if machines…

X.509 certs are less secure than you might think

This post is prompted by T.Rob's recent post "We’re gonna need a bigger crowd" where, among other things, he talks about X.509 certificate security. I agree with the core point of his post – crowd-sourcing is ineffective for highly specialized subjects – but this X.509 subject keeps coming up. It is one of the rare…

Why AccountChooser Isn’t

In time for #CIS2012, the OpenID Foundation and Google released a new version of accountchooser.com, a set of open-source software components that, as the name indicates, lets you choose your account on the web. Except that it doesn't. Compare with a bank. Let's say I want to check my balance at my bank, the accountchooser.com…

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…