I love this guy, and we seem to share the same way of thinking. It was only the other day that I had a similiar discussion with a guy at work about how there needs to be some sort of underlying authentication system that ties all the social networks together, whereby the user decides what personal information is available to networks/businesses – Rich’s point is about how it would benefit us in a social context.
The problem is, who runs this? Who is trusted to run this? Can we feel safe that all of our personal information is centralised in one place? Sony shows they can’t be trusted after their PlayStation Network was hacked. Can Google be trusted, especially when all that information will be indexed by them (i.e. how they scanned people’s emails in Gmail and provided ads based on the content of the emails, or pretty much why they started Google+).
ID Cards in the UK was a very touchy subject with regards to trust and Government-managed projects. Can we trust 3rd party systems anymore that Government systems?
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