“Nay,” said I, “I come not from heaven, but from Essex.”

January 30, 2013 § Leave a comment


So the first question is this: when everyone is continuously looking for ways to secure their data, to make it more reliable, authoritative, to reduce noise & spam, why would I want to introduce less reliability and additional noise? Because I want to be the one that determines how reliable or unreliable my information is. And because much of the information about us out there festering in databases is unreliable – I want to manage my unreliability. (And yes I understand this is mostly impossible, like controlling the weather, but read on)…

A loose analogy is one of adding audio effects to an audio track, a vocal track for example. You can add equalization, reverb, pitch correction, and so on. The source sound is non destructively altered and the effects can be automated and changed as needed. Similarly, for data, I’d like to be able to add controls that allow my information to change over time. I want bugs in my own information.

These data effects would allow information to decay, to be fallible, like memory. It would allow some control over how data lives in the network over time, frustrating efforts of those who would use it for commercial purposes, for example. So instead of my information becoming some else’s market intelligence, it becomes market disinformation. I become: just not worth it.  read more

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