Facebook’s Problem = FSW Opportunity

ReadWriteWeb’s social Blog has an articule up referencing a conversation the author had with Mark Cuban about Facebook’s business model and integrity challenges.

Apparently Facebook is now going to charge brands a huge amount to reach the base of fans they have accumulated on facebook.

I’ve heard anecdotally about a huge brand that was complaining recently because it has spent four years building a following of millions of people, promoting its Facebook presence (and, by implication, Facebook itself) on expensive television ads – and now Facebook has flipped a switch and, overnight, their reach dropped by 40%.

So now they’re done. They’ve been burned, and, like Cuban, they’re looking elsewhere.

A few weeks back I as in a tweeted to a woman complaining how Facebook was shaping which of her friend’s updates she saw and even asking her to pay money to have her updates go to more of her friends. I said that when we had a federated social web she wouldn’t have this problem we would choose which of our friends we would follow and get updates from.

I attended my 3rd out of three federated social web summits last week eek it feels like last week it was 2 weeks ago just after IIW 15. Evan Prodromo pulled together an amazing group of folks working on key aspects of the challenge.

Phil Wolff and I presented about the emerging Personal Cloud offerings coming out of our community of companies (the Personal Data Ecosystem Startup Circle)

Tantek shared POSSE – Publish On your Own Site Syndicate Everywhere.

Even gave an update on where OStatus the stack of protocols that gives you twitter and facebook like functionality across services.

We learned about many other projects. too (you can see them on the wiki here).

I’m glad that folks like Mark Cuban are waking up to the fact there is an issue with Facebook and they should be looking elsewere. Facebook is to social what AOL and Compuserve were to e-mail. It will be disrupted by the Open Standards based infrastructure must of it based on Open Source code. People will have their own personal node on the network – a personal cloud where they will connect to others and to organizations they want to share with, connect with and do business with.

It would be great to see some big investments in core open infrastructure that can then be leveraged to make money afterwards. This is what Doc Searls is always saying you make money because of it not with it.  We need the web to continue extending to being the type that Nobody Owns, Everyone can Use it and Anyone improve it.  Open Standards are the key to this. I argue they are more important then open source code alone (look at diaspora open source but rolled its own way of doing things…and didn’t interoperate with other projects/efforts doing similar things)

If you were to ask me what would get us to the future fastest though it is open source implementations of those open standards are invaluable and what “investors” like Mark Cuban and others who are now seeing the danger of one company “owning” the social profiles and identities of a billion people should consider funding now with no strings attached.

I was asked by an investor group that I gave a day long briefing to about the the emerging Personal Data Ecosystem. I said I would give Evan Prodromo 12 million dollars no strings attached (as in you are not seeking a return on the money with more money) the deliverable for that money would be a working federated social web in 1 year. On that web one can build a huge variety of businesses and services in new ways not possible on today’s web (or at least not possible without creepy stalking and trackers and paying middle men like facebook to talk to your “fans”).  That web itself…shouldn’t be “owned” it needs to be created though.

 

 

 

 

IDESG: Governance beyond “us” Challenge 2 for NSTIC

Second Challenge:  How are we meaningfully and regularly checking in with those outside the community of self selected stakeholders – to regular citizens who have to use the currently broken systems we have today and hopefully will be enthused and inspired to adopt the outcomes of this whole effort?

The openness of NSTIC overall was inspired by the Open Government memo (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/TransparencyandOpenGovernment)  signed first day in office. It inspired a lot of my colleagues in the dialogue and deliberation community. (Yes, I have another life/carreer doing facilitation see http://www.unconference.net)

They went to work figuring out how to be sure that coherent resources and tools were available to those who were now mandated to “do” open government and have more public participation would have really good resources available.  Tom Atlee the person I co-wrote the Governance section of my NOI was one of the leaders of this working with the NCDD (the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation) to define 7 core principles of public engagement.

Blog post that outlines them: (http://ncdd.org/rc/item/3643)

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IDESG Governing “us”: Challenge 1 for NSTIC

I am posting to this blog the two posts I made to the NSTIC IDESG governance list on Tuesday. Here is the first one on Governing “us” (that is the word “us” not U.S.)

I only got on the [governance] list over the weekend despite raising my hand to be a part at some point in the Chicago meetings.

I am working to track all that is being discussed and I also want to breath and step back a bit. I want to share two bigger challenges and perspectives.

First Challenge how are we we connecting/structuring and governing the interested stakeholders who ARE showing up to engage.  How are we as Bob just asked creating ways, systems, processes and tools forward to create alignment and agreement?

Second Challenge  How are we meaningfully and regularly checking in with those outside the community of self selected stakeholders – to regular citizens who have to use the currently broken systems we have today and hopefully will be enthused and inspired to adopt the outcomes of this whole effort?

They are two quite different but related challenges. This e-mail will deal with challenge 1. The next one with Challenge 2.

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Consensus Process and IDESG (NSTIC)

In my governance NOI response I proposed several different methods be used to solicit input from a wide variety of stakeholders and bring forward from those processes clear paths for making a real strategy that take input from a wide range of stakeholders.

When the first governance drafts came out of the NPO, they articulated that the steering committee would operate via consensus BUT then it also articulated a whole set of voting rules for NOT abiding by consensus.

When I asked about their choice of using the term consensus to define a particular methodology – they came back and said well we didn’t actually mean to suggest the use of a particular proces.

But consensus IS a process method I said…and they said we didn’t mean to proscribe a method. So we were sort of in a loop.

Now that we are in this stage that is considering governance and systems for the community of self identified stakeholders (and people beyond this group who will be the users of the outputs).  What I don’t know is if people really know what real consensus process is or if we have anyone who is experienced in leading actual consensus processes? It keeps feeling to me like we are using Roberts Rules of Order and then getting everyone to agree – thus having “consensus”.  That isn’t consensus process.

Tree Bressen who was the leader of the Group Pattern Language project (I participated along with many others in its development) has an amazing collection of resources about conensus process including a flow chart of consensus process and Top 10 mistakes to avoid them.

Are we using consensus process?

One of the big issues of our democracy today (in the liberal west broadly) is that we have this tendency to believe that “voting” is the thing that makes it democratic. Voting is a particular method and one that by its nature sets up an adversarial dynamic. There are other methods and ways of achieving democracy and we can go well beyond the results of our current systems by using them. Tom has done a lot of research into them over the years at the Co-Intelligence Institute and has published two books The Tao of Democracy and Empowering Public Wisdom. 

I am glad methods outside what has been the normative frame of “Roberts Rules of Order” as Democracy are being considered…however we need to be clear on what processe we are using.

 

 

 

NSTIC Governance….Privacy Interests

This past weekend I finally got onto a bunch of mailing lists for NSTIC including the governance one. (you can too)

It is a generally accepted best practice that governance systems should be developed by the communities that need to live by them. With NSTIC the stakeholders were handed a charter and bylaws created (primarily driven by the vision of one guy) in the NSTIC National Program Office.  They kept saying “there is consens” around the charter and bylaws…but there wasn’t they were sort of thrust upon us and not developed by us.  We chose to accept them for now and are now in the process of re-visiting the bylaws handed to us and we agreed to for a short period to get things going.

The draft by-laws include a privacy standing committee that has veto power over the outcomes of Identity Ecosystem Steering Group.

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Kaliya for Mayor!…nope NSTIC

Update August 18th: 

Thank you to all the people and organizations who vote for me in the NSTIC election – I WON! .  I ran with my association to Planetwork and I am the Consumer and Citizen Advocate delegate for the next 6 months on the Management Council of the Steering Committee of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace. You can learn more about my candidacy and the election on this post.  You can track the group/community progress at IDEcosystem.org.

I will be working hard with the AARP to grow the number of citizen and consumer advocate groups who are participating in the NSTIC process.

Original Post:

I’m Running for Mayor NSTIC!
Learn how to vote for me and get involved at Kaliya for Mayor .org

Here is the video!

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Real Names vs Nyms at Quora & Unconferences

I am again in a #nymwar [wikipedia & Botgirl’s Scoop.it] situation that I actually care about. I have been denied full participation in Quora for a long long time now because my last name was listed as IdentityWoman (ironically my answer to why having control over your identity and personal data online matters did go through but then was put into suspension when they insisted on changing my name to a WASPonym).

Now there is a thread all about an unconfernece for women of Quora and they have mentioned both Unconference.net my business and She’s Geeky that I founded in the threads. I for this one important conversation bow to the “feudal lord”  of Quora as their humble “content producing servent” share my so-called real name…and help them have a good unconference and raise the issues of real name requirements within the context of real human beings who engage with the site all the time and hopefully staff as well.  Until we have the freedom to choose our names for public interactions on the web – to define our own identities based on our context and how we wish to appear where – we do not live in a free society.

 

Before they “banned” me for having the wrong color skin name. I got to write an eloquent to this question (posted below since it isn’t on their site).

Why does owning one’s own online identity and personal data matter?

and was voted to the top (with 5 votes) by others…but now that answer isn’t there cause I didn’t use my real name.

So now you can’t see it…this is akin to not letting me sit somewhere in a public space because the color of my skin is the wrong one OR I happen to sit in a wheel chair to get around and there isn’t room in our restaurant and they are in violation of American’s with Disabilities Act.

The women of Quora are talking about organizing an unconfernece and found two of my organizations/sites and are enthusiastic about them. I am totally unable to talk to them about their ideas or my sites unless I pass their “real names” test….you know like a pole tax … that Bob and I talked about in our Cloud Identity Summit closing Keynote about Identification and Social Justice (slides and videos will be online soon).

My answer to:

Why does owning one’s own online identity and personal data matter?

We own our own bodies – we have freedom and autonomy to move around the physical world.  We have rights and freedoms; If our physical lives are terminated there are consequences.

In the digital world many people are not the primary “owner” of their own identity (in digital space the equivalent of a physical body is a persistent identifier like an e-mail address or a URL or phone number).  Most people’s identity on the web is “under” terms and conditions of a private company and they can terminate people’s accounts, their identities, without recourse.

Many companies with which people have their identities “under” choose to in exchange for providing identity provisioning services and things like e-mail. They also track and aggregate user’s activities on their services and across the web via cookies and other beacons.  This profile of activity has real value and is being used by the companies to profile them and then sell abstract versions of the profile information on ad exchanges.

Some have said we live in an age of digital feudalism, where we are serfs on the lords’ manors (the large web portals).

Having the freedom and autonomy to choose who we are online and how we express ourselves is important to ensuring a free society  with rights and liberty.

Adding some more: About one’s social graph… The links in your social graph in the current architecture of the web exist within particular contexts – you have friends in Facebook or Followers on Twitter or Professional Contacts on LinkedIN. Those links, those connections in a “social graph” are ulitmately owned by the company within which you made those links. If you choose to leave any one of those networks – all your links to those people are terminated.

This is an architecture of control. You are locked into those systems if you don’t want to loose the links to others in them. To own your own identity would be to have an identity that would give you the freedom to not loose the links to your contacts, they would be peer to peer autonomous of any particular service.

The next time there is a major social revolution like in Egypt governments are not going to try and turn of the internet or mobile phone system it is likely they will simply call facebook ans ask them to terminate the accounts of dissidents.

 

 

Summer -> Fall Talks/Plans

Today is my first talk for the summer. I am speaking at the Berkeley Cybersalon with a great cast of characters. Lost and Found on the Social Web.

I head to Europe on Wednesday; you can see the outline for that trip here: European Travel and Podcasts this Summer

I return on the 27th and speak the next day at the  SDForum Women’s SIG on the topic of Women, Identity and Data – exploring what women want in these realms. It will be interactive.

I will be travelling to Portland for the Community Leadership Summit on July 14 and 15th along with my Unconference.net partner Bill Aal.

I head to Denver/Vail for the Cloud Identity Summit July 16-19th and will be giving the closing Keynote with Bob Blakley on Identity and Social Justice.

The WEF Young Global Leader Silicon Valley Summit 2.0: Shaping the future of entrepreneurship and innovation is July 25-27th. You can see the outline of the program here – it focuses on Google, Facebook and Zynga. I’m hoping we can also connect with some open source and open standards efforts.

August is currently open and will likely involve a trip to/through the NorthWest (Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Salt Spring, Hollyhock)

September is “Summer Davos” in China where there may be some programmatic activity covering the Personal Data Ecosystem.

October is the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation national conference in Seattle. I plan to put in a proposal/workshop covering online identity and the nuances/issues surrounding it.  For those of you who have been tracking my work, this community is the world’s leading forum (+Canadian Equivalent C2D2) for truly innovative, deliberative public methods that provide the opportunity for collective wisdom to come forward.  It is these types of methods that we need to solve the “NSTIC governance” challenges relative to a complex system.  I worked with one of their leading members, Tom Atlee, founder of the Co-Intelligence Institute, on the chapter in my NSTIC response about governance.

The INTERNET IDENTITY WORKSHOP is October 23-25!

We are working with the W3C on having the Federated Social Web Summit be the day before October 22nd somewhere near IIW.

Identity.Next in The Hague is Nov 21-22; hopefully it will have an unconference within it.

I have been invited to speak in Brussels on November 29th.

 

European Travel and Podcasts this Summer

I’m heading to Europe on Wednesday.  The travel plans and events are below. One of the main reasons I am going is to connect with the people and communities in Europe working on identity and personal data.  I want to come back with about 10 podcasts recorded with key people from the community that I meet along the way – these will be edited on my return and posted on the web publicly.

I will also be inviting/encouraging participation with PDEC in the two main ways we have so far to engage.

* If you are a startup or a proejct focused on how people are in charge of their personal data you can apply to be part of the Startup Circle.

* If you are in an enterprise or just interested you can subscribe to the Journal.

Please don’t be afraid to reach out and connect with me if you are in Europe or know some folks in Europe I should be sure to connect with on this trip. Kaliya@pde.cc  txt:510472-9069  Skype: Identitywoman

TRAVEL PLANS:

  • June 7th I arrive in London and have meetings/social things
  • June 11th is an Identity, Personal Data & Personal Clouds Unconference I am facilitating and Tony Fish is organizing – You’re INVITED!
  • June 12th is the OIX Event
  • June 12-13th is New Digital Economics
  • June 14th is WEF Tiger Team Day
  • June 15-17 Netherlands
  • June 18-19 is the Digital Enlightenment Forum
  • June 20th I plan to travel to Paris
  • I might travel to Geneva..
  • June 25-27th in Berlin
  • June 27th I fly out of Berlin to SF.

Info Sharing Agreements! Support it! Make it Real!

Joe Andrieu and the Information Sharing Working Group has put a lot of work and effort into creating a Standard set of Information Sharing Agreements represented by a standard label. They want to invest in user -research to make it really work.

I am putting in $100 and I encourage all of you to do the same. They need to raise $12000 in the next 8 days.

See the Kickstarter Campaign here.

UnMoney Convergence Topics

Tomorrow is the UnMoney Convergence – an un-conference about all sorts of topics related to money, currency, land, value, reputation, identity.

Here are the topics that people are hoping to discuss:

  • Collaborative Consumption and Sharing
  • new currencies
  • How we can work together to make the movement for community currencies stronger and more synergistic.
  • BACE Timebank- open source currency
  • What are the best ways we can move from the current debt based, imperial economic system towards a life serving, peaceful, gift economy?
  • where are the most inspiring, promising, transition currencies being conceptualized, implemented, how can we work together to help them go viral and allow people to move their money from the old system towards creating a better alternative structure.
  • Fostering robust public debate on creating “public money” so that legitimate governments can fund activities which serve people and planet rather than threaten them.
  • Deep Wealth and new currencies as an emerging language of value. A Living Systems Model of Wealth
  • The role of co-operatives in startup investment.
  • how to enable trust agility?
  • governance, mobile payments oauth/opentransact
  • Designing Intentional Community Economic Systems
  • “Co-Creating Community Economics as a Path of the Heart”
  • Working together, can we do more than just taking care than our respective unmoney “babies/pets”.
  • Going from niches to relevance.
  • Emotions in money experiments: dealing with fears
  • Crowdfinancing! technical development values based investing
  • How are other people designing an ecosystem of currencies to create engines of social action?
  • designing currencies as/like games
  • social ecosystem design and the use of currencies
  • work-share
  • micro credit;
  • time dollars
  • How to manage debt in a web based on distribution of small composable documents.
  • Ripple, Metacurrency, actual usage
  • What does unmoney tell us about changing relationships between incentives and motivation? How unmoney works as incentive and /or motivation
  • What does unmoney tell us about changing relationships between incentives and motivation?
  • How unmoney works as incentive and /or motivation
  • How do we teach about these alternative forms of currency and economics to potential early adopters?
  • Which of these different approaches are approaching reality?
  • What are the most pragmatic and useful? Who is making progress on deployment?
  • Teaching about money in a Sustainable MBA curriculum.
  • What kinds of alternative currencies are being used and thriving in local communities?
  • What are all the alternative types of currency – i.e. time banking, etc. Perspective of a young person coming of age and recognizing there are different ways to engage with money, currency and economics.
  • What is a sensible balance between social customs and accounting systems in the economics of the near future?
  • Currency backing methods
  • Mutual credit systems, small-scale democracy
  • What is the best example of alternative currency active today?
  • What is the best model that needs to be tested?
  • Where are the communities of trust willing to test a promising model?
  • Friendly Barter – A model of a cashless online payment developed with Tom Greco this last Winter.
  • How to share deeper value and wealth together and build an economy based on this sort of wealth.
  • How to share deeper value and wealth together and build an economy based on this sort of wealth.
  • Particularly interested in alternative and parallel currencies The potential for mobile phones to disrupt in the alternative currency space

UnMoney & NewWallSt

March 11th.
TEDx New Wall St.
re-imagining banking re-built for the Information Age in Silicon Valley on a New Wall Street, as described in the attached press release, and here http://.www.TEDxNewWallStreet.org

April 24th.
UnMoney Convergence
Fosters dialogue and collaboration among the range of interesting emerging ideas around money and exchange systems and to explore connections with issues of land and property tenure. In addition to topics on alternatives to the current currency systems, we invite all who are looking at new ways to look at land tenancy and stewardship, hard currency versus energy, time and food based currencies. We are looking for synergies between folks who see the need for more grounded, materially based economics and those looking at the spiritual, energetic and values based approaches.
Register here!
Website here (might be new in a few days).

On being an accidental NSTIC Pilot Yenta

The first person who I heard calling herself a Yenta was Deborah Elizabeth Finn who I met via my participation in the Nonprofit Technology world and the NTEN community.  She is “the Cyber Yenta” helping nonprofit folks figure out their technology needs and match making. Yenta is a Yiddish word for a woman who is doing mate matchmaking. 

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Upcoming Travel and Events – March is busy!

I have made a resolution for the new year to blog more about things I am thinking about and working on along with where I will be and where I have been.

The big news from last week was the coming IPO of Facebook and the release of how the NSTIC Pilots will work [PDF]. They are going to grant 10 million dollars and the first deadline is March 7th.

So this coming month is quiet until the 3rd week. Then there is the Personal Archiving conference and an event about a new reputation system.

ID Collaboration Day is happening February 27th the Monday of RSA week. We are expecting a good group from a range of organizations. We are in the same venue as last year Blacklight Ventures at Mission and South Van Ness. IIW/Identity Commons is collaborating with Kantara Initiative and OASIS IDTrust. I suspect that NSTIC will be a major topic of conversation.

 

Ping Identity is having its major party on Monday evening at the ROE Night club upstairs lounge at 651 Howard starting at 9pm.

Strata is also this week – O’Reilly’s data conference. I spoke at their online conference in the summer on personal data running a good panel with a highly relevant introduction and well faciltiated panel on personal data that I helped pull together. I submitted several different proposals touching on different aspects of data and people and the technologies developing in the ecosystem. Apparently non-qualified but then O’Reilly and company are still trying to find women speakers who are qualified for their events (they talked about it at two events I facilitated/attended in January the Community Leadership Summit West and She’s Geeky in January).  I am honestly confused and didn’t submit any proposals to OSCON in part for this reason.

Then it is SXSW. I am flying out on Wednesday with my long time friend Axil who is getting of an airplane form Asia that day.  I will be there until Sunday. Saturday Mike Shwartz from Gluu is hosting what look to be good community connecting events.

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Personal Data Lightning Round

Date: Saturday March 10 from 1pm – 3pm

Lunch will be served at this informal lightning round. If you want to present your product, service or project in 5 minutes, stop by and drop your name in the hat. 12-15 lucky individuals, selected at random, will get the spotlight from 1:30 – 3:00. Topics must be personal data or identity related. If you go over 5 minutes you’ll be pelted by the audience with foam icosahedron stress balls.

Identity Biergarten

Date: Saturday March 10 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

German inspired malted beverages and other refreshments from local producers will be served at this informal identity and personal data networking event. Date: Saturday March 10 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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Sunday I fly to London for the Gartner Identity and Access Management Conference where I will be keynoting Monday the 12th at the end of the day.  My talk is going to cover the Identity Spectrum and how Personal Data tools and services can reduce the toxic issues for companies storing personal data about people.

I fly to DC on the 13th and attend the 2nd day of the NIST-IDTrust conference on the 14th. Then the OASIS IDTrust Steering Committe has a face to face meeting on the 15th and I fly back to my home in the Bay Area.

On the 16th Friday I fly to Australia and land on the 18th Sunday in the morning. My cousin’s (my dad’s sister’s kids will pick me up and I am taking the family photos I have from our shared grandparents house down with me). I am speaking at Digital Identity World Australia on the 20th and working with Steve Wilson on an IIW like conference either on the 19th or 22nd. I am flying back on the 23rd to SFO (I so wish I could stay longer).

There is “tiger team day” just before the STL-Partners New Digital Economics event that should be a good event covering the emerging ecosystem.

Between now and then we will publish two more Personal Data Frontiers (we are thinking about changing the name to Journal) and I am working on a jointly published report with STL-Partners on the Personal Data Ecosystem Landscape.

Then…its April and the Nonprofit Technology Conference   a talk for Nuestar in a speakers series they have and I will be watching the European Identity & the Cloud Conference with interest.

IIW #14 is happening May 1-3 – early bird registration is Open. 

 

 

The new Google is Creepier then ever.

The Washington Post has an article today that talks about what google is doing as of today:

Google’s no-opt-out privacy changes and the end of the anonymous Internet

Google announced Tuesday its plans to integrate data from all its services with your profile for logged-in Google+ users.

She makes this assertion in the early part of the article.

The Internet, nowadays, is overwhelmingly dominated by fora in which you hang out as your actual self. Facebook. Twitter. And now, Google.

 While I understand her assertion that the net is “dominated” by these fora. There are two assumptions one is that the people in those places are being ‘Their actual selves” when the research shows that people are being thoughtful and careful about how they present in different places and what aspects of themselves they share where (see danah boyd’s research about young people and networked publics).  I think in one way she is right the people like her – who went to college and have mainstream white collar jobs are on these fora with their real names but most people who actually do interesting hobbies or have religious lives that they don’t share publically or across all contexts of their lives either are not sharing about these on those fora or they are keeping them contextually separate using different names and handles.
This weekend at She’s Geeky I am going to ask a lot of questions of the women coming about how they do manage their identities and what they want and need out of digital systems to feel safe using them.
Tie actions online to our real identities, and suddenly online activity has real-world consequences.
This is very true and unless we build tools that give people both persona management and context management we are going to be creating a really creepy world.  See my TEDx Talk on Participatory Totalitarianism. 

The new Google+ Names process

Today people were tweeting/writing about the new google+ names policies. Well. I just went through it and it involves many screens and an appeal into the Kafkaesqe googleplex that takes up to 3 days before they approve your name request.  I think they should to this to EVERY user cause how do I know your name “is” David Smith…it just doesn’t trigger their dictionaries prompting inquiry into the legitimacy of your name…Ok but I digress…lets see how this works.

First you are discouraged from changing your name and limited to the frequency you can do so. You have to click “change name” to do anything.

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