YouTube/Viacom privacy followup (and what Google should do)

A brief update on the YouTube/Viacom privacy disaster. From Ellen Nakashima in the Washington Post: Yesterday, lawyers for Google said they would not appeal the ruling. They sent Viacom a letter requesting that the company allow YouTube to redact user names and IP addresses from the data. “We are pleased the court put some limits […]

Referata, a Semantic Media Wiki hosting site

From Yaron Koren on the semediawiki-users list: I’m pleased to announce the release of the site Referata, at referata.com: a hosting site for SMW-based semantic wikis. This is not the first site to offer hosting of wikis using Semantic MediaWiki (that’s Wikia, as of a few months ago), but it is the first to also […]

YouAndYouAndYouTube: Viacom, Privacy and the Social Graph API

From Wired via Thomas Roessler: Google will have to turn over every record of every video watched by YouTube users, including users’ names and IP addresses, to Viacom, which is suing Google for allowing clips of its copyright videos to appear on YouTube, a judge ruled Wednesday. I hope nobody thought their behaviour on youtube.com […]

Google Data APIs (and partial YouTube) supporting OAuth

Building on last month’s announcement of OAuth for the Google Contacts API, this from Wei on the oauth list: Just want to let you know that we officially support OAuth for all Google Data APIs. See blog post: You’ll now be able to use standard OAuth libraries to write code that authenticates users to any […]

Foundation Nation: new orgs for Infocards, Symbian

Via the [IP] list, I read that the Information Card Foundation has launched. Information Cards are the new way to control your personal data and identity on the web. The Information Card Foundation is a group of thoughtful designers, architects, and companies who want to make the digital world easier for you by building better […]

Geographic Queries on Google App Engine

Much cleverness: In this way, I was able to put together a geographic bounding box query, on top of Google App Engine, using a Geohash-like algorithm as a storage format, and use that query to power a FeatureServer Demo App Engine application, doing geographic queries of non-point features on top of App Engine/BigTable. Simply create […]

OAuth support in Google Accounts and Contacts API

From Wei on the oauth list: We are happy to announce that the Google Contacts Data API now supports OAuth. This is our first step towards OAuth enabling all Google Data APIs. Please note that this is an alpha release and we may make changes to the protocol before the official release. See announcement thread […]

Opening and closing like flowers (social platform roundupathon)

Closing some tabs… Stephen Fry writing on ‘social network’ sites back in January (also in the Guardian): …what an irony! For what is this much-trumpeted social networking but an escape back into that world of the closed online service of 15 or 20 years ago? Is it part of some deep human instinct that we […]

JQbus: social graph query with XMPP/SPARQL

Righto, it’s about time I wrote this one up. One of my last deeds at W3C before leaving at the end of 2005, was to begin the specification of an XMPP binding of the SPARQL querying protocol. For the acronym averse, a quick recap. XMPP is the name the IETF give to the Jabber messaging […]

Graph URIs in SPARQL: Using UUIDs as named views

I’ve been using the SPARQL query language to access a very ad-hoc collection of personal and social graph data, and thanks to Bengee’s ARC system this can sit inside my otherwise ordinary WordPress installation. At the moment, everything in there is public, but lately I’ve been discussing oauth with a few folk as a way […]

Outbox FOAF crawl: using the Google SG API to bring context to email

OK here’s a quick app I hacked up on my laptop largely in the back of a car, ie. took ~1 hour to get from idea to dataset. Idea is the usual FOAFy schtick about taking an evidential rather than purely claim-based approach to the ‘social graph’. We take the list of people I’ve emailed, […]

Google Social Graph API, privacy and the public record

I’m digesting some of the reactions to Google’s recently announced Social Graph API. ReadWriteWeb ask whether this is a creeping privacy violation, and danah boyd has a thoughtful post raising concerns about whether the privileged tech elite have any right to experiment in this way with the online lives of those who are lack status, […]

Waving not Drowning? groups as buddylist filters

I’ve lately started writing up and prototyping around a use-case for the “Group” construct in FOAF and for medium-sized, partially private data aggregators like SparqlPress. I think we can do something interesting to deal with the social pressure and information load people are experiencing on sites like Flickr and Twitter. Often people have rather large […]

OpenID and Wireless sharing

via Makenshi in #openid chat on Freenode IRC: <Makenshi>: I found a wireless captive portal solution that supports openid. With the newest release of CoovaAP, some new features in Chilli are demonstrated in combination with RADIUS to allow OpenID based authentication. (coova.org) I’m happy to see this. It’s very close to some ideas I was […]

Bouncin’ around

A couple weeks ago, in a pathetic and greedsome bid to monetize you all, I added Google Adsense ads to this blog. Needless to say, the jaded foaftards who read this thing aren’t the kind to go all clicky-buyey on adverts. When I finally earn a whole dollar, I’ll celebrate by having it converted to […]