I don’t know why — maybe it’s just the fall weather — but the privacy temperature is changing. We’re in a period of global warming towards privacy as a key component of Internet identity infrastructure. Part of it is my work at the Information Card Foundation on the Open Trust Framework (read this white paper if you haven’t seen it yet). I’ll be blogging more about that soon.
But another sign is this superb post by Bob Blakley on what’s at the heart of privacy and privacy protection. As one of the technologists that’s spent a decade working on technological solutions to privacy, I can’t endorse Bob’s conclusions strongly enough. It’s a social problem, one that technology can only help create the social cues and custodianship to help with.
But read Bob’s post to see how well he frames the problem and what technologists can and can’t do to help.