Self-sovereign identity - "this type of digital identity is a user-centric identity solution that allows you to be in control of your data and only share the strictly relevant information." It is going to be a while before self-sovereign identity becomes widespread. After all, we're still in the midst of migrating from centralized to federated identity. But in the longer term, that's what I would bet on. This article is a good introduction to the concept, with a link to Christopher Allen's 10 principles for self-sovereign identities to ensure safe and ethical SSI solutions
More thinking about what online conferences could be. "Takeaway: the hallway track works best when it’s about multi-tasking, and you can move up and down levels of engagement with the presentations and the conversations." So... "ONLY staring at a conference talk just doesn’t make sense. INSTEAD let me watch a conference talk AND ALSO have a text conversation about it, perhaps even with the speaker who may have pre-recorded their talk in order to participate in the simultaneous text channel." Exactly. There's a lot more in this post, so have a look.
You've seen those blogs with embedded tweets in them; click on the tweet and you're taken to the original. This is the same sort of thing, except for any web page. The idea is that you copy some text fro a webpage, whih saves it into your quote library. Then, when you're writing a post, you can open your quote library and insert the quote into the post. Right now the extension is available only for Chrome, but there's a Firefox version on the way. What would be really neat would be some way to leave a trace on the document you've quoted, much the way WebReference works.
I know that people have been noodling over this idea for a few years now. The idea is to create a timestamp combined with the hash of a document. Why would you do this? For one thing, it can establish proof that you created the document, as no other person could have the same document with an earlier time stamp. But the WIPO application costs too much to use (CHF 20 ($21)) to be useful for things like development chains or message webs. And the cost, being what it is, also undercuts free content by creating an expensive overhead to produce any volume of free content (the type of barrier I called 'high bar' in this presentation in 2004).
OK, this has nothing to do with online learning. But in this argument I hope you'll see a pattern of reasoning that you've seen in this newsletter before. First, the problem: "elite capture. The laws, the regulations, the bailouts, and the wonks who write and evaluate all of the above are all powerfully influenced—if not functionally controlled—by elite political and corporate interests." Second, the response: "Until we demand and organize for power itself—rather than pleading for those who have it to take the actions we’d like—we will never get it." I would add to this article that the problem of elite capture isn't just an American issue, and it isn't just a policing issue, and that there's no one-time solution, but rather, a vigilent and ongoing response is needed.
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