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