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Let’s create the Internet of Our Own Things #IndieIoT

Bruce Sterling penned a marvelous, impassioned essay titled "The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things" a few months ago. ($3.99 at Amazon). He pulls no punches, right from the beginning: The first thing to understand about the “Internet of Things” is that it’s not about Things on the Internet. It’s a code term that…

Independent web principles

Posting my list here, because putting them on Twitter only would just be too ironic: 1. Keep the master copy of all data you create in a way that nobody can prevent you from keep using that data For example, if I write a beautiful poem on Gmail (it is Valentine's day after all), Google…

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…

Facebook’s veto over what friends get to tell us

David Weinberger has a great op-ed on CNN.com titled "When is Facebook NOT messing with your head?" on the recent "psychological experiment" controversy. My feelings are exactly the same that he expresses: So, I'm upset about Facebook's cavalier toying with our emotions, but I'm far more disturbed about what Facebook and other such sites do…

Facebook: With 100% of potential customers, is total user sell-out next?

From Facebook's most recent earnings statement: Monthly active users (MAUs) were 1.23 billion as of December 31, 2013, an increase of 16% year over year. There are only 7.1 billion people on the planet. Some are babies, some are in jail, some illiterate, and some are Amish, and the like. Facebook's customer reach is close to…