Spock's Risky Take On Trust, Privacy, and Identity Management Online

Catherine Howell, EDUCAUSE Connect, Dec 10, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

When I first tried Spock the site was so slow that I couldn't learn anything. They've apparently fixed that problem, as Catherone Howell reports, but additional problems remain. "It's not especially useful, and it could even be dangerous, for a company to try and create a public expectation that 'identity management' equates to an individual actively 'controlling' all the personal information that is available about him/her on the web... I'd say we've already got other, better mechanisms to do the things that Spock says it's offering users. Mechanisms that allow people to selectively share their information with services and with other individuals, and that don't rely on submitting personal information to a commercial third party provider."
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