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Damian Conway’s killer parody presenation at oscon….the final animated slide.

This was the best presentation by being “the worst’ one ever. Damian made fun of bad presentations by putting everything bad into one big dooser. It made fun of Dick’s presentations on Sxip, r0ml, Kathy Sierra, Ruby on Rails, patents, pantent firms and was just hilarious.

OSCON 06 Day 5 – cxap is launched

Today opened with a great talk about the history of the IBM PC. Dave Bradley the advice I liked was ‘choose your partners carefully‘ and ‘small decisions may last forever‘ -he was talking about a 5 hour meeting with 3 people that created the character set that is now ‘the official standard.’

Technology trend spotting by Roger Magoulas the research director at O’Reilly was sort of interesting but why? What are the trends coming besides rails and ajax.
We had an ok presentation about a really important topic – hacking government by Carl Malamud.

The real danger that Tim O’Reilly highlights those who have the power to make the laws/regulations not understanding the realm in which they make those rools.

ITU world summit on information technology – for starters the ‘corspondent’ from O’Reilly could not get ‘press credentials to attend. WHAT! They were talking about Internet Governance and their are noises about another governance body for the web emerging by those ‘heads of state’.

Hack2: Get Standing Join the operation
He highlighted the Smithsonian – Showtime Network issue (they signed a 30 year exclusive agreement with the network limiting there ability to put content up in other forms.

Hack3: Be Governmnet
put more of what is happening in government online and support annotation – They are working on launching the Public Memory Trust starting with the Washington Bridge to have 18 hearings running simoltaniously online. There exit strategy – Make the Government Do it.

Hack4: Mirror the FCC

Hack5: Enforce ODF open document format

Hack6: Audit Validity (for disabilities)

Hack7: Rank by Bad Links (links on government pages are notoriously stale)

Hack8: Annotate Hearings

Hack9: Hold Hearings

Hack10: Map Spectrum
he said that only 2% of the spectrum is actually used and that we as the hacker community could map spectrum and make a case for opening up the spectrum our common resources.

Skills using for builing open source are citizenship skills for the common good. To resist private interest taking over government

OpenTalk 2.0 Maximizing non-stakeholder buy-in by leveraging departed Generic informaiton transfer protocols

Damian Conway gave an amazing presentation about OpenTalk 2.0 – cxap. This presentation was even better because on on day 0 of OSCON – sunday he gave a presentation on presentations to speakers. In this talk he basically in this presentation made fun of presentations and did everything you are not supposed to do in presentations….

Zak Greant’s summary
Damien Conway’s is giving the funniest public whipping I have ever seen. He is simulatenously kicking the ass of Web 2.0, Sxip, patents, patent vulture firms, snake oil crypto, Microsoft, Google, r0ml and the rest of us all at the same time.

Great quotes include:

  • We have a patent on replacing the letter in a name with x, but still pronouncing it the same way.
  • Every time you read the name Microsoft, you will see a kitten. We call it “Pavlovian Marketing”
  • We thought that we might call it … firefly, fireangel, firebuffy. Then it became obvious – the new browser is called FireWhedon.

Idnetity at OSCON

For those of you joining identity folks – me, Doc Searls, David Recordon, Dick Hardt, Drummond Reed, Scott Kveton, Larry Drebes Dave Kearns, Scott Mace here at OSCON there will be a few opportunities to learn more about what we all have been up to.

1) At OSCAMP tomorrow the OpenID convergence folks plan on runing a session in the afternoon tomorrow approximately 1:30 – 3:00.

2) David Recordon has a session on Practical OpenID in OSCON proper on friday 10:45 – 11:30.

I am going to propose that we have a sheet at OSCAMP that says ask the identity folks a question so you can ‘ping us’ in meet space – while at OSCON. We can have more sessions during OSCamp on what you want to know about. I will list them here as I know about them.

Exciting week coming up….

This week in Vancouver is going to be great. It has started out fantastic so far:

Getting here: Brian and I flew up here on a $125 flight (it would normally be over $200 between SFO and Vancouver) that included a steak dinner with wine in economy class and the freedom to watch any one of 40 movies. It secret – Quantus Airlines. I recomend this new found strategy for getting around North America fly on International Airlines doing hops.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival: The festival is as old as I am :) and I went every year pretty much until I left for college in 1995. It feels so good to be back there. The music is lovely. The best performers last night were Dubblestandart a dub music group from Viena. They also had a very enjoyable Bhangra Celebration. Vancouver into embracing its Asianness as a city and this is another example of that. Here are flickr phots of the main stage etc.

It was also super interesting that federated labour, COPE, BC Nurses Union, BC Government Employees Union, BC Teachers Federation all had advertisements in the show brochure. Unions here are mainstream and middle class a fundamental part of the fabric of canadian life.

The one bad part was buying tickets online. The process was not clear and they didn’t send a follow up e-mail to confirm purchase. I had thought my first transaction did not go through so we bought tickets again. It turns out it had gone through – if they had sent confirmation e-mails I would have known.

Coming up:

Social Tech Brewing in Vancouver: Katrin Verclas the new Executive Director of NTEN (Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network) will be in town and having a dinner. I am very glad that she is holding this ‘border-busting conversation‘.

Liberty Alliance Meetings: on Tuesday and Wednesday should be great to see what goes on in inside. I will be under NDA so I can’t really talk about it but I will be able to share a sense of what it is like energetically.

Identity Open Space: on Thursday and Friday is going to be fantastic. Lots of great folks are coming to participate. I am excited several friends are coming up from Seattle who work in Tech and Social good.

My Family: I am enjoying hanging out with my Aunt and will get to talk more with my cousin at a dinner they are putting together for his birthday. He is 14 and super super into World of Warcraft. He doesn’t like school. I hope we can talk to him about the computer industry and how he might make a living in it given his proclivity towards them.

5 Identity Sessions at MashupCamp

Johannes Earnst, David Recordon, John Clippinger, Jon Ramer and myself were all there.

Access Control for Federation.

Aggregating Profile Data
Identity, security, access control, social networking: there’s got to be (and there is) a better way than more user names and passwords

Access Controls Part 2
I-Card and Higgins (not posted on the wiki yet)

Reality: this [OpenID] is big

Getting in the game on OpenID standards: A conversation with Kaliya Hamlin, Identity Woman was published today on Net Squared. Marshall interviewed me via e-mail and then wrote up this story. He does a great job of explaining how identity brokers work and how people can use identifiers within contexts.

The social web, Web 2.0 or whatever you want to call it, is supposed to be all about web services, interactivity and data portability. In this context, Open ID standards will be increasingly important.

Reality: this is big

I thought that big vendors considered it in their best interests to lock us in to their systems with non-open Identities. Kaliya says that’s no longer the case. “They are all getting that identity is a ‘commons’ that no one can own,” she says. “They are seeing the end of usefulness in approaching the world through silos. The whole corporate tech world is a big exercise in sticking things together…standards really make this less expensive.”

Identity at MashupCamp

I am at MashupCamp2 today facilitating. It is really fun to get up there and help 300+ folks make their own agenda for the day. The energy in the room is fantastic. People were asking me to encourage the sessions to be more spread out cause they wanted to go like to 4 different discussions proposed in one time slot.

Johannes Ernst and David Recordon are hear and there are at least two different sessions around identity on the schedule. I am in the first session being lead by Johannes scoping out the problem set and around identity and mashups.

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Identity related issues at the bank…

So the day before I went away to Gnomedex I went to the bank. I took out money but foolishly forgot my bank card in the machine. I don’t realize this until about 2 hours before my flight when I am travelling to the airport. I figure – hey there might be enough time for Brian to stop by the bank pick up my card and get it to me before i take off. He goes to the bank and they won’t even talk to him about. (he and I share a joint savings account at this bank – they know he is my husband). This is really annoying. But hey ‘security’. I figured they could call me on my phone number on the account or something to verify things but Brian doesn’t even.

So while I am in the northwest I go to Washington Mutual and get cash out. I don’t really call the bank cause I figure I can go and get my card from my local branch. I also want to keep using my credit card number (on the bank card) and do so to buy tickets etc. Today I am back and go and pay them a visit. They destroy the cards after like 2 days and they don’t even keep a record of which ones they do that with. There computer system can’t tell me if I actually did leave my card in the machine (are you kidding me!). If I report my card lost they will cancel the number meaning I can’t use it again and be without ‘a credit card number’ for like 7+ days. I am leaving the country on Friday AM so I will be away for 2 weeks. 2 weeks with no credit card number. It really sucks.

A teller in Washington State said I could get an emergency card perhaps in 48 hours. The costumer service person in my bank this morning looked at me like I was from outer space when I suggested this idea. With these numbers so essential to our ability to do transactions in the world couldn’t we have a way.

FREEDOM Infringed…

So I am really looking forward to the Liberty meeting up in Vancouver. I am working on buying an Amtrak Ticket for Brian and I back to Portland for OSCON the following week. To purchase a ticket I must give them my full name, birth date, and travel document information – this is my actual passport number.

I talked to customer service and was like – what do you do with the data. She gave me platitudes about how no one in there office was interested in my information. I was like – I work in the computer industry I am asking what happens to the data – what is your data destruction policy. She said they retain all data associated with my reservation on microfich at there head office for an undetermined number of years. I really would like to know from someone at Amtrak (if they read blogs) WTF happens to my data. Cause I know that customer services lady didn’t really know.

What does the boarder patrol do with it? That is an even more difficult question. I can accept presenting my ‘travel documents’ at the boarder when I cross but this data being inputed before we cross in the reservation systems is really crossing the line of acceptability. With all we know about how the US Government has been collecting data about us. I really don’t want to let them to collect any more. This is not Europe (or Canada) where there is a much higher trust of government in the population. The thing I really like about America is its freedom and the deep values laid out in the constitution. We must maintain these and I am afraid government surveillance is not a good. I hope we can get stickers that say ‘stop police state creep’ and actually do something about it.

The unexpected posterchild of HollyHock

This was a very interesting expereicne – I go to HollyHock’s website to see when the Leadership Workshop starts on August 18th. Then I see this –

The picture was taken buy Kris Krug (an amazing photographer and bryght guy) and fellow Web of Changer – The conference we were at last year at Holly Hock.

I am happy to be one of their poster children because I tell folks all the time to go there – it is a heavenly retreat center. Not to posh, not to rustic – just right to relax and be. The view is amazing, hot tub over looking the ocean. Some amazing teachers choose to lead workshops there. My workshop this August is with Robert Gass.

I am posting this to wonder publicly about the deeper identity issues it raises for me in the digital age of flickr, creative commons and norms of usage.

They never asked me or even told me they were using the photo. What if I didn’t want to be there poster child? Is this really a non-comercial use? (the photo is licensed CC) and if it is not should they be paying Kris and/or me. I am not complaining at all and I really don’t want anything from HollyHock at all – I love them and want to help so lending them my photo for the season seems like a great way to contribute. I wonder about this more for beyond this situation.

i-names in the sphere

With the launch of i-names about two weeks ago it thought I would review some the coverage because it is interesting how people put all this stuff into there own words.

The most enthusiastic I-names mention in the shpere came from
derpressionisms with the title i love i names and so will you. It is great to see someone get it so deeply so quickly (he just learned about them the week of launch). It is really worth reading if you are trying to understand how it all works. One thing that is off though is the reference to XNS. That became XRI and XDI – two different open OASIS standards. By splitting the identifier stuff (XRI) from the data sharing stuff (XDI) it is more adoptable.

Saunders also picked up on inames calling them Your Portable Identity

It looks as if the dream of a user controlled, portable identity is about to become a reality. I’ve been swapping email with Kaliya Hamlin about identity standards. She has pointed me to, a commons for identity. Christine Herron has also recently written about this effort.

What’s an iname? It’s a human friendly handle (mine is =alec.saunders) for a person or organization that you can use to organize all of your identity bits in one place – email addresses, phone numbers, IM handles and so on. Like DNS, you simply pick a registrar, and select a name. Services include single sign-on, contact, forwarding, and a unified address book.


Someone also highlighted the idea of Identity Networks being here.

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Wow! – Todays Surprise I was on stage at Gnomedex.

“Identity Woman” Kaliya

Originally uploaded by JoshB.

The audience did a shout out for who would lead the the “MVP” discussion here at Gnomedex. They picked me. This has got to be one of the highlights of my career so far. I was handed the mic and invited on stage (right then) to lead a discussion for 15min. Thanks to Dave and Marc for their vocal support.

I used the opportunity to talk about the gap that I see between the civil society – (the group forming network that has been a foundational part of america – DeTocqueville wrote about it) and the social tool building sector. There is a massive gap. I hope that we can find ways to bridge it.

The reason that I am involved in the Identity world is because I want to see people, the citizens in civil society be empowered. I highlighted at the end the potential to weave together – MircoAps to meet their community needs. Where is the “myspace” for churches? Where are the social network tools to augment the neighborhood or a city block mailing list? I hope this community can engage with my challenge to them.

The identity stuff is happening right now big time. There is the Identity Open Space in Vancouver July 20-21. and in Santa Clara Sept 11.

I put forward that several things – there are a few organizations in the intersection –

• Planetwork (where I am the Network Director) We are working on the 1Society Project to build open source open standards based reference architecture for the identity layer working for civil society.
InterraProject – local economy loyalty card and social networking for community.
• The Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network
• Compumentor (Net2)
• Aspiration (They have the Advocacy Dev III coming up at the end of the month).

Other things that came up during the conversation:
Today we talked about lifestyle businesses and success beyond the ‘massive liquidity event’. These are the kinds of companies that can fulfill the huge array of niches. There is an enormous market to serve civil society group forming networks.

There were some people talking about how ‘we don’t need tools’ – everything is fine or that online tools are really just good for interest communities that are not geographic.
Susan Mernit stood up and said to those being contrarian should listen to what I was saying – for those of us who care about open source we should make sure these tools work for civil society. The big companies – Microsoft etc. are making life management tools and we as a community should be thinking about them too.

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