I say data governance–you say data governance

I recently heard from a longtime colleague in the world of open source software. She is heading up an open standards initiative at IEEE, the international standards body for engineering, computing, and technology information. She invited me to lead a "data governance" project. In our conversation (after I said "of course") we talked a bit [...]

Brahms vs Wagner

It has been a year since we began our isolation. I continue to sign up to as many Zoom conferences and panels as possible. It has been a time of learning. The upside. Today I am remembering an extended exchange on the topic of whether data is the new oil. Here are some excerpts, the [...]

Ecosystems, through-lines, and Professor Viamonte

Lately I have been writing about how to create solutions that cut across a market with participants of unequal wealth or power. In other words, you see a complex ecosystem and wonder if there's some way to connect all participants in a way that brings benefits to the underserved and favored alike. I keep thinking [...]

What’s in a word?

One of my favorite colleagues from the community of advocates for agency online, Doc Searls, posed this question today. What if we called the phenomenon of being tracked on almost every website and across the internet worm instead of cookie? Would it help if it did not suggest something that sounds comforting? Check it out [...]