The Time of Day

From my Skype logs [2008-06-19 Dan Brickley: 18:24:23] So I had a drunken dream about online microcurrencies last night. Also about cats and water-slides but that’s another story. Idea was of a karma donation system based on one-off assignments from person to person of specified chunks of their lifetime; ‘giving the time of day’. you’re […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]