Friday, July 25, 2008

Wordle word cloud: United States Constitution has a fun new style of word cloud. It's really easy. I just created one for the United States Constitution.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Google Blogger hosts 2% of web's malware, says Sophos

Google has created the perfect storm for malware and other malicious content with Blogger as a free content system, AdSense for quick monetization, and their search engine to deliver it all rapidly to the entire web.

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First read on PC Pro

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Synopsis of the OMMA Behavioral panel I just spoken on

This was a nice little surprise from Pingie when I got back from the OMMA panel on BT

OMMA Behavioral Panel: Out of the Black Box: BT’s Next Practices

From the agenda: The classic ‘black box’ of BT tags and tracks user content consumption across the Web to target them later with relevant messages. But, how can marketers realize similar targeting efficiencies outside of the typical online ad network, in RSS feeds, email, mobile and widgets? As your content and marketing becomes more portable and customizable by the user, what targeting techniques are available now and on the way? Moderator: Roman Bukary, Truviso. Speakers: Bill Flitter, Pheedo; Eddie Smith, SocialMedia Networks; Dorion Carroll, Technorati; Elgin Kim, Nokia Interactive; Dave Martin, Ignited Media.

Not really a transcription, but got the gist of most of what was being said.

Being at the conference and on such a great panel really got me thinking about the future of advertising and content. I'd really like to see how we navigate the issues between privacy and utility. Clearly, the more an ad network knows about you, the better they can target ads, but, the riskier it will be that someone crosses the privacy line. Right now, I think it is safer to target the behavior profile rather than the individual profile and, more importantly, to be able to filter by context and end user initiated engagement.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Peter Hirshberg interviews Lawrence Lessig about Revolution

At the Aspen Ideas Festival,

Peter Hirshberg interviewed Lawrence Lessig about how his ideas have expanded beyond copyright policy and into the realm of a much needed revolution.

The U.S. Congress is broken. Stanford Law Professor and cyber visionary Lessig has set out on a simple mission: fix it.

The 3 minute interview covers some of Lessig's thinking about revolution in governance. In this instance, he is using the word, revolution, as in the revolution of the hands of a clock. They return to where they started. He is suggesting we need to return to founding ideals rather than requiring a radical change. This, in fact, is really what the American Revolution was about, though it also resulted in a radical change.

The basic premise in Lessig's view is, if our representatives were free of the dependency on campaign fund raising, they would be able to spend more time on addressing the issues of their constituency.

Thanks to Sarah Kennon from for pointing this out to me. Worth a listen.

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