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Quantified Self

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Quantified Self is a collaboration of users and tool makers who share an interest in self knowledge through self-tracking. We exchange information about our personal projects, the tools we use, tips we’ve gleaned, lessons we’ve learned. We blog, meet face to face, and collaborate online...

[Thanks to David Clausen http://blog.stephenwolfram.com/2012/03/the-personal-analytics-of-my-life/comment-page-1/#comment-1941 ]

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Official Google Blog: Search, plus Your World (by Amit Singhal)

Official Google Blog: Search, plus Your World (by Amit Singhal) | Digital Self | Scoop.it

Google Search has always been about finding the best results for you. Sometimes that means results from the public web, but sometimes it means your personal content or things shared with you by people you care about. These wonderful people and this rich personal content is currently missing from your search experience. Search is still limited to a universe of webpages created publicly, mostly by people you’ve never met. Today, we’re changing that by bringing your world, rich with people and information, into search.

Search is pretty amazing at finding that one needle in a haystack of billions of webpages, images, videos, news and much more. But clearly, that isn’t enough. You should also be able to find your own stuff on the web, the people you know and things they’ve shared with you, as well as the people you don’t know but might want to... all from one search box [...]

 

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Alter Ego: Portraits of Gamers Next to Their Avatars (by Maria Popova)

Alter Ego: Portraits of Gamers Next to Their Avatars (by Maria Popova) | Digital Self | Scoop.it

[...] So Cooper spent the next three years traveling the world, from France and Germany to Korea and China, to photograph virtual world players, placing their portraits next to their avatars. The results — poignant, powerful, remarkably eye-opening — are gathered in Alter Ego, a fascinating and, at its core, profoundly human glimpse of our quest for selfhood, identity, and social belonging. Micro-essays by each gamer offer a layered look at how we assemble our personas in a way that transcends the physicality of our bodies, our genetics, and our circumstances.


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Why the Online Identity & Data Ownership Debate Matters (by Venessa Miemis)

Why the Online Identity & Data Ownership Debate Matters (by Venessa Miemis) | Digital Self | Scoop.it
I was invited to participate in the Internet Identity Workshop in Silicon Valley next week, and the Privacy Identity Innovation conference later in May, so my new learning objective has been to get a grasp on online identity and personal data ownership. It’s really quite fascinating, and there is a real sense of urgency for awareness to be raised around what’s happening and what it means.
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Following Facebook Down The Wrong Path (by Fred Wilson)

Cory Doctorow has written a fantastic post on the subject of online identities and the forced use of real names in Google+. I've been blogging a fair bit on this topic lately. I'm annoyed that Google has adopted such a...
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Facebook's Big Privacy Changes: An Overview (by Ben Parr)

Facebook's Big Privacy Changes: An Overview (by Ben Parr) | Digital Self | Scoop.it

Facebook unveiled a massive wave of privacy changes on Tuesday. It’s one of the biggest privacy overhauls in the company’s history, one that includes more than a dozen changes to profiles, status updates, locations and tags. In fact, there are so many changes that it’s easy to get confused about what changes Facebook is making and what impact they will have on your privacy. The updates are significant enough that Facebook will make every single one of its 750+ million users go through a tutorial about the updated privacy settings.

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Wildcat: The Future History of Individualism Pt1

Wildcat: The Future History of Individualism Pt1 | Digital Self | Scoop.it
The premise presented is that the concept of individualism, as we know it today is a passing stage in the evolution of conceptual representation and is due for overhaul.
Putting it simply, I believe we are passing through a transit stage in the evolution of the concept of the individual.
This period appears to be closing and will soon come to an end.
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Government Experimenting With Identity Technologies | Fast Company

Government Experimenting With Identity Technologies  | Fast Company | Digital Self | Scoop.it
The Obama administration open government memorandum called for transparency participation, collaboration and federal agencies have begun to embrace Web 2.0 technologies like blogs, surveys, social networks, and video casts. Today there are over 500 government Web sites and about 1/3 of them require a user name and password.
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The Personal Analytics of My Life (by Stephen Wolfram)

The Personal Analytics of My Life (by Stephen Wolfram) | Digital Self | Scoop.it

"Utilizing data analysis capabilities in Wolfram|Alpha Pro, Stephen Wolfram looks at his quantified self based on his large collection of lifelogging data."

 

One day I’m sure everyone will routinely collect all sorts of data about themselves. But because I’ve been interested in data for a very long time, I started doing this long ago. I actually assumed lots of other people were doing it too, but apparently they were not. And so now I have what is probably one of the world’s largest collections of personal data... [Thanks to Nova Spivack https://twitter.com/#!/novaspivack/status/177812533011415040 ]

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Inside Will Wright’s next big game: HiveMind (exclusive)

Inside Will Wright’s next big game: HiveMind (exclusive) | Digital Self | Scoop.it

Will Wright has created some of the biggest video games of all time, from SimCity to The Sims — games that have sold well above 100 million units and generated billions in revenues. Now he’s moving on to his next idea, called HiveMind.

HiveMind is a game, and it’s also the name of a new Berkeley, Calif.-based startup Wright is unveiling today in an exclusive interview with VentureBeat.

The idea is a new evolution in gaming that Wright calls “personal gaming.” It is a game that can customize itself for the individual player, taking into account aspects of player’s real-life situation as elements of the game.

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What's a Distributed Social Network? (by J David Eisenberg, Steve Lim, Mike Yeh)

What's a Distributed Social Network? (by J David Eisenberg, Steve Lim, Mike Yeh) | Digital Self | Scoop.it

http://secushare.org/ This isn't yet another alternative to Faceboogle. This is a framework for ultra-secure social interaction.

Most applications have become dependent on Internet servers with serious man-in-the-middle privacy implications. You might expect in the year 2012 we should have technology that allows us to deliver messages or data between phones and computers in absolute safety, but this isn't the case. Exchanging keys is a hassle, protocols are inefficient and side effects of encryption need to be considered. [...]

If all of this still doesn't make sense, maybe you'd like to watch a cartoon tell you the story?

 

[Thanks to Marcello Barnaba https://plus.google.com/107382538213680942210/107382538213680942210/posts/9vHRyvUvhHb ]

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Question on Quora: Is there any service that unifies online identities?

Question on Quora: Is there any service that unifies online identities? | Digital Self | Scoop.it

A question on Quora:

Is there any service that unifies online identities?

"Most people have multiple online identities like Google,Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn so on and so forth. Is there a service that could link profile of same person across all the address books, if I authorize them to?"

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Google Plus forces us to discuss identity (by Cory Doctorow)

Google Plus forces us to discuss identity (by Cory Doctorow) | Digital Self | Scoop.it

Google Plus's controversial identity policy requires all users to use their "real names". Commentators have pointed to problems with this, including the implausibility of Google being able to determine correctly which names are real and which ones are fake. Other problems include the absurdity of Google's demand for scans of government ID to accomplish this task and the fractal implausibility of Google being able to discern real from fake in all forms of government ID.

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Creator of Instant Messaging Protocol to Launch App Platform for Your Life

Creator of Instant Messaging Protocol to Launch App Platform for Your Life | Digital Self | Scoop.it
Jeremie Miller is a revered figure among developers, best known for building XMPP, the open source protocol that powers most of the Instant Messaging apps in the world.
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People are changing their Facebook profile photo more often every year | Pixable Blog

Today we took a closer look at the most important part of your Facebook profile, yes that's right, the profile photo.
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Identity and The Independent Web (by John Battelle)

Identity and The Independent Web (by John Battelle) | Digital Self | Scoop.it
Are we are evolving our contract with society through our increasing interactions with digital platforms, and in particular, through what we've come to call the web?

I believe the answer is yes. I'm fascinated with how our society's new norms and mores are developing - as well as the architectural patterns which emerge as we build what, at first blush, feels like a rather chaotic jumble of companies, platforms, services, devices and behaviors.
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