I saw not one female presenter, all day. not on panels, not in plenaries. Only women in adverts from SKEarthlink session or clips from the Second Life demo.
I wrote privately to a friend that I had a chill down my spine during some of the presentations. To explain: I feel like I've been through this before, and I have to some extent. Look, there's lots of interesting ideas floating around, but I really question what the practicality is of some of them. And there's a growing amount of money chasing the ideas around, which is causing more people to jump in. I don't doubt that there's something new with Web 2.0. While the underlying technology may be the same as it was five, ten years ago in some cases, what's changed is the saturation of the technology. Even five years ago when we were pplanning the Sydney Olympic Games web site one of our biggest concern was the sheer volume of data moving around, across very expensive trans-pacific links. So we optimized to make things as small as possible, as cacheable as possible. This had the side effect of making the site faster to download to the typical user who was still on dialup, not broadband.
So maybe Web 2.0 is, in addition to rich interactions and user generated content, a screw you to those who are stuck with older browsers, slower links. As a server guy, I'm perfectly happy to write off older technology, it becomes more and more expensive to maintain the various hacks with diminishing returns. On the other hand, you are wirting off potential customers, users, whatever your audience is composed of.
Back to the chill down my spine: I have been here before, and one
of the sessions yesterday was like a replay of a sales-pitch I got on
Avatars and VRML. Back when I was getting hit over the head with Avatars
You'll pick an avatar and use that to interact with the company, really)
I thought and reacted with
I don't get it, what's the practicality?
And that was my reaction yesterday to some of the presentations.
For example, there's a group called AttentionTrust, which was formed around a spec for clickstream data, collecting that data and sending it to upstream servers and services. What is this data? It's your browser history, plus potentially anything you pay attention to. It's a marketer's wet dream.
But I don't get it. And, I mean, I get the technology, I understand the technology and figure I should account for it in my "Yet Another Social Bookmarkting Tool":http://yasoboto.com/ project (yeah, I know the design sucks, and there's nothing there). But fundamentally, in a world where the US Congress wants to outlaw cookies, where the EU has various and sundry conflicting data privacy laws, why on earth would I build something that says "Sure, send me all of your attention data and _trust me_ to do something good with it". (I suppose the FBI would love to have everyone's attention data streamed, though we know that by the time they finish analysing it we'll be remembering the tenth anniversary of an event we'd just as soon want to forget).
The hacker side of me would _love, love, love_ this data. Sure, tell me everywhere you go. I'll even pay you for it. Using your own money of course.
I did finally get to hear what SXIP (pronounced "skip") is. Basically an open, extensible identity infrastructure, where you can share as much or as litle data about yourself as you want with the requesting party (of course, that party can decide whether or not to grant access if you limit the information you provide). I wonder where, if anywhere, x.509 and SXIP intersect. SXIP seems to be about providing one identity for users to access resources online, but I didn't see (and I need to do some more reading when I get home) anything about certifying to service providers the identity of the user. As in, verifying that it's really "Ed Costello of Sim City, US" accessing the resource and not just someone _saying_ they were "Ed Costello" (why anyone would do that ...well, nevermind).
I need to get down to today's sessions, more later.h2. Miscellany * Dare Obasanjo has a nice "writeup":http://www.25hoursaday.com/weblog/PermaLink.aspx?guid=6b3c3587-4e5a-496b-9a97-8687cfcb9f5d of "AttentionTrust":http://attentiontrust.org/
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