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Saturday, March 12 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Why & How of Decentralized Web Identity

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The big players in social networking are setting a plodding pace of innovation. New startups, keen to offer useful and exciting new means of communication, have migrated wholesale to platform-based approaches. Constrained by what it means to be boxed into 140 characters or Facebook's vision of a lifestream, we're left without a compelling view of what "social" means on the web. It's time to take back our identities, and with it the web. We'll discuss examples of how the web is more Awesome when people are a part of it (and not just a layer on top of a few companies' databases). We'll talk about what kinds of approaches make sense in this new world (and which don't), and discuss some successes (and failures) that have happened along the way. Parts of this discussion will be technical; you can't build the web without some HTML, and we can't build a social web without getting our hands dirty. However, tech is boring. You can always look up how to do something - knowing why you want to do something is the hard part. We're going to look beyond the modern gold rush, and talk about ideas that have lasting value for content providers, producers, and consumers, and why you should care.

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Blaine Cook

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Christian Sandvig

Assoc ProfessorUniversity of IllinoisChristian Sandvig is the Co-Director of the Center for People & Infrastructures. He is also Associate Professor of Communication, Media & Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Center... Read More →
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Ben Werdmuller

CTOLatakoo IncBen Werdmuller is CTO of Latakoo, an Internet company providing new kinds of services around video content, and also acts as Geek in Residence at the Edinburgh Festivals Innovation Lab, helping all 12 Edinburgh Festivals innovate with web technology By the time he was... Read More →

Saturday March 12, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hyatt, TX Ballroom 2-4 208 Barton Springs Rd

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