Etech, Bruce Sterling and ALL of the Things I am too Responsible to Consider

PandasandiegoAt ETech.  Prep for Rael, Tim and Bruce Sterling at tonight’s opening sessions. A little history seemed in order.  At a time when I hire anyone under 30 and they have *never* heard of 2600 nor phreakers nor captain crunch – I needed a refresher.  The irony is much of what I learned CAME from folks younger than me.  People with the courage not only to share information, but to share and teach with anyone who is curious regardless of age.

Bruce is the third speaker tonight, so this snippet from Gutenberg seemed appropriate (if bad PR <grin>)

CHRONOLOGY OF THE HACKER CRACKDOWN (from Bruce Sterling – Gutenberg Post)

1865  U.S. Secret Service (USSS) founded.
1876  Alexander Graham Bell invents telephone.
1878  First teenage males flung off phone system by enraged authorities.
1939  "Futurian" science-fiction group raided by Secret Service.
1971  Yippie phone phreaks start YIPL/TAP magazine.
1972  RAMPARTS magazine seized in blue-box rip-off scandal.
1978  Ward Christenson and Randy Suess create first personal
      computer bulletin board system.
1982  William Gibson coins term "cyberspace."
1982  "414 Gang" raided.
1983-1983  AT&T dismantled in divestiture.
1984  Congress passes Comprehensive Crime Control Act giving USSS
      jurisdiction over credit card fraud and computer fraud.
1984  "Legion of Doom" formed.
1984.  2600:  THE HACKER QUARTERLY founded.

Hopefully messing around at the Make session won’t get anyone arrested for phone tampering.

The panda picture?  From the San Diego zoo earlier today.

Gillmor’s Attention and “Color Coding of Interesting Actions in Social Software”

On my to-do list is to get Steve Gillmor’s attention and explain that we already have a complete method of numbering and color coding meta data for social software.  And that we want to help and share it if others will.  Call it a social contract, but there IS value in there that can be used for good.

At last year’s eTech 2005 I presented a birds of a feather (BOF) session called "Color Coding of Interesting Actions in Social Software".  I think I had at least four, maybe five people in attendance.  Basically I felt like a geek among geeks which is somewhat frustrating.

Actioncolorcodes By visualization of interesting actions in social software, please note that we are NOT trying to reinvent Vizster, rather we are looking for patterns of actions and attention that relate to society.  Step 1 is TRUST which is what AttentionTrust is working towards.  I like anyone who is willing to write the word ethics or integrity in a sentence.  From there, with some stated ethics we can probably help.  The net result should be something that looks like a GIS graphic but that indicates what people are paying attention to.

It is interesting to note that at eTech I had a brief exchange with some influential folks and I was trying to explain the concept of standardized methods of recording things like article adds, and the response was "but why would anyone share that data?"  And then Steve Gillmor comes along, caustic, rough around the edges to say the least, and he might actually get a level of cooperation on sharing the data.  Maybe this was a message that needed a hammer to initially get attention.

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