Finding Heterarchy

  • April 2014
  • Posted By Dan Blum
Having read Phil Windley’s excellent post On Names and Heterarchy I’m off on an analysis of global naming and addressing for decentralized peer communities, or domains. The discussion is further enriched by the entry of DNS-alternatives based on The Fifth Protocol, or cryptocurrencies.

Internet Privacy: Is the Dam Breaking?

  • September 2013
  • Posted By Drummond Reed
Back in 1999 Scott McNealy, then CEO of Sun, uttered the immortal phrase, “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.” Given that Sun’s slogan at the time was, “The Network is the Computer”, McNealy’s pronouncement was tantamount to saying, “Digital networks can’t protect privacy, so stop trying to pretend they can.”

Trust Frameworks, Link Contracts, and Accountability

  • August 2013
  • Posted By Drummond Reed
Andy Dale’s first blog post as Respect Network’s new VP Development is entitled Contracts and Accountability. This is a subject for which Andy and I share a great mutual passion, going back to our first days together working on the birth of the XDI semantic data interchange protocol at OASIS. A central feature of XDI as a data interchange format and --> More »

Internet of Things, Meet the Internet of People

  • May 2013
  • Posted By Drummond Reed
This weekend TechCrunch carried a nice overview of the Internet of Things (IoT) written by Matt Turck, managing director of FirstMark Capital. It include a map FirstMark created of the increasingly crowded space, including platforms, horizontal apps, and veritical apps.