Friday, 19 November 2010

Bridging the rural digital divide in Borth and Ynyslas

And here's the guys telling me it's a long way to go - however, think I'll leave a visit to this offsite research until the weather improves....

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Policy for meta data about policy on open data

So writing an article for a conference and I was trying to find how I can cite the UK Power of Information Task Force report.

Change in government and the website is gone. DOI anyone?

Monday, 16 August 2010

Required reading

In the article by Jeffrey Rosen, "The Web Means the End of Forgetting", he talks about many fine ways to deal with the issue of the web having a habit of remembering things; from online hygiene to social and technical take downs. I do hope the next round of digital economy start ups realise  that the sensitive stewardship of its subscribers or customers privacy is a major selling point!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

"Instant Personalization" the ICO speaks

So, annoyed with facebook's recent introduction of Instant Personalization I thought to complain to the ICO. I received the response below.

Caveat surfer.

I do wonder if in future we might not seek to understand how local legislation, enacted at the wishes the citizens of a country, might be brought to bear on an every growing global digital economy.


Date: 13 July 2010 10:00:38 GMT+01:00
Subject: RE: FaceBook and "Instant Personlization"[Ref. ENQ0309115]

13th July 2010

Case Reference Number ENQ0309115

Dear Prof McAuley

Thank you for your correspondence regarding the „Instant Personalization‰ function on the website Facebook. Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to you; this is due to the large caseload we are currently experiencing. Unfortunately, this has meant that we have been unable to deal with incoming correspondence as promptly as we would like.

As you may be aware, the Information Commissioner‚s Office is the UK‚s independent authority tasked with overseeing and enforcing the Data Protection Act 1998 (the „DPA‰). The DPA covers the processing of personal data (i.e. data which relates to a living individual) within the UK.

Unfortunately, as Facebook is based and operated from the United States, it does not fall under the jurisdiction of the DPA. We are therefore unable to pursue this matter.

You may find useful information in our guidance note „Using social networking sites safely‰

I am sorry that we cannot be of assistance on this occasion. If you have any further queries, please contact our Helpline on 08456 306060, or 01625 545745 if you would prefer to call a national rate number, quoting your case reference number.

Yours sincerely

Case Officer

Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF
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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

^mydex - doin' it right

Getting back control of the information beast is critical and while it's not going to be business as usual for governments and business the interesting challenge is to understand how personal data done right will actually drive a whole new wave of personal applications - while we're figuring that lot out, great to see social enterprise ^mydex leading the way on this personal data.... read and learn.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

German court orders stored telecoms data deletion

From the BBC:

"Having been spied on for decades, first by the Nazis and then by the Stasi, the notorious communist secret police, Germans take their privacy seriously, our correspondent says." more here...

Glad to see the gradual and invidious peering into our lives by corporates and government is being fought off somewhere.

Workshop on Mobile Opportunistic Networking

Very interesting keynote "Mobile Phone Sensing is the Next Big Thing!" at this conference from Andrew Campbell - couldn't agree more :-) PDF slides online.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

New facebook features causing concern...

"Facebook is rolling out two new features with privacy implications, an;app dashboard;and a gaming dashboard. Take a 30 second look at the beta versions which are already live (with real user data) and see if you spot any likely problems." ...more at LightBlueTouchpaper...

The poster child for scalable cloud computing

I was giving a talk recently at a BIS and was in need of an example showing the shift from capital to operational costs for businesses in the era of cloud computing. Who better than Animoto to use as an example - especially once I found this fine graphic showing the 3 day growth curve.

And what better way to liven up the powerpoint than to "eat the dogfood". If the embedded JavaScript has been stripped by the Horizon webserver, just go here.

Pictures courtesy of Helen's project 365.

Monday, 18 January 2010

ACM HotPlanet 2010

Possible venue:

"It is well-known that successfully researching, designing and building new mobile, ad hoc, mesh and opportunistic networking systems and algorithms requires access to large-scale data on human mobility, encounter, and social network patterns. ..."