Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Public Data Corporation

There is an interesting article on the Personal Democracy Forum concerning government data collection, usage and ownership.

In consideration of the 'Mind Your Own' census campaign to inform the Government of the limits of state intrusion, this is interesting:

•Who owns your data?

A reflection on data ownership, costs and values by Alistair Croll, co-chair of O’Reilly’s Strata conference.
The fundamental problem with data ownership is that bits don’t behave like atoms. For most of human history, our laws have focused on physical assets that couldn’t be duplicated. The old truism “possession is nine-tenths of the law” doesn’t apply in a world where making a million copies, each as good as the original, is nearly effortless.
It’s not just the ability to copy that makes data different, however. How data is used affects its value.

But maybe it is not just about ownership and you should go deeper:
Data will leak out, as it always does, despite the best efforts of hardware companies. It’ll be around forever, even if we try to impose a statute of limitations on it. And we’ll find new ways to analyze it, making still more data. Yesterday’s online chaff may be the cornerstone of tomorrow’s new startup.
The important question isn’t who owns the data. Ultimately, we all do. A better question is, who owns the means of analysis? Because that’s how, as Brand suggests, you get the right information in the right place. The digital divide isn’t about who owns data — it’s about who can put that data to work.
Heartening, isn't it?


Anonymous non mouse said...

"Heartening, isn't it?"
Precisely, Your Grace.

19 January 2011 at 15:55  
Blogger the doctor said...

Perhaps Wikileaks could use this as a defence ," I was only using the data " .

19 January 2011 at 17:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now on one page of the booklet for digicard tachographs which HGV drivers require to meet EU directives it states that the chip in the card contains your name, date of birth and address.

On another page it states that all the information on the chip is the property of the secretary of state.

19 January 2011 at 17:41  
Anonymous Oswin said...

... it would never happen with Bob Cratchit!

19 January 2011 at 17:41  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

The inexorable slide to Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Off topic but a vigil for Christian victims of religious violence has been held at the European Parliament.

19 January 2011 at 18:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't property theft?

19 January 2011 at 18:29  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

Welcome to the world of pre-crime.


20 January 2011 at 00:05  
Anonymous Atlas shrugged said...

Isn't property theft?

19 January 2011 18:29.

My property certainly is not, however most our REAL governments certainly is.

If you think that the property (intellectual or otherwise)of our constitutional government, and that of the owners of all of our worlds multi-national conglomerates that utterly control it, is in anyway separated from each other, then please think again.

We do not own our government, our real government owns us. Therefore it also owns all of our property, and property rights, whether we respectively have our name on the deeds, or we mistakenly believe we are genuinely free people, or not.

If our own government working under orders from, or with the agreement of The UN, can murder Iraqi citizens, then take control of their oil/property, and then get clean away with it. Then our own government can even more 'legally' conspire or otherwise to murder us, and our families, and then steal everything we thought we once owned.

However the government can now steal everything we thought we owned without even bothering to indulge in the messy business of conspiring to murder us first. All they need to do now days is falsify evidence of some crime or another, and they can then confiscate everything including the kitchen sink.

We are daily presented with ever more evidence that central as well as local government breaks its own laws, rules, and regulations on a systematic basis.

The BBC has a charter, which is clearly not worth the paper it is written on. Local councils operate as no better then mafia type gangsters. While central government habitually lies, when not also fighting foreign, sometimes off, but very many more times on, for the best part of 350 years.

It is without doubt true to say that the British Empire gained most of its wealth from the proceeds of what was then, and certainly would be described today, as genocidal theft. The rest generated from various forms of dishonesty, including corruption, protection rackets, deceit, lying, and fraud.

Most, if not all of our finest buildings, and institutions were built, or created using the proceeds of some of the worst crimes against humanity on historical record.

One could say ( although I certainly would not ) that it all comes down to whether the end justifies the means.

If the Empire on which the Sun has still not set, ultimately results in prosperity, freedom, liberty and justice for all, then maybe a reasonably claim could be made that the end did in some ways justify the murderously criminal means used to obtain these things.

HOWEVER if the story of Earth bound human civilization ultimately results in the absolute opposite in all respects, which would now seem highly likely, then God help us all, not that especially we The British, would in anyway collectively deserve such thing.


We are currently allowing the people which previous generations prematurely and often horrendously died to make almost infinitely rich, and powerful, to help condemn almost all of our eternal souls to hell. Or worse, to come back here again for yet another go at getting it right.

You see, you once had the excuse of utter ignorance, having now read the above comment, you no longer do.

If you have no regard for the destiny of your immortal soul, then please feel free to disregard all of the above as some kind of paranoid conspiracy theory nonsense, and then carry on much as before.

However if you for one reason or another best kept to yourself, believe that your eternal soul has a degree of importance, then please try to finally educate YOURSELF, preferably before it is far too late.

20 January 2011 at 00:46  
Anonymous Martin Marprelate said...

What is of interest to me are the following questions

1 Last time owing to the brave and magnificent actions of the late Eric Forth and of Michael Fabricant MP, the Religion Question was made voluntary for the 2001 Census. Will it be in this year's Census and will it still be voluntary or is it now mandatory?

2 Will there be a Sexual Orientation Question this time and if so will it be Voluntary or Mandatory?

If I had my way and could afford the fine I would not fill out a Census Form. However I cannot afford the cost of non-compliance so with a very ill will and a foul temper at the time I will complete and return it.

20 January 2011 at 00:52  
Blogger Maturecheese said...

Atlas Shrugged

Why don't all of us with British Ancestry just go away and commit suicide out of Shame. Clearly the British are the scourge of the Planet and no other peoples of this world are as bad. FFS!!!!

Patriotism is the enemy of the Left and 'the Left' is exactly what you sound like.

20 January 2011 at 09:50  
Anonymous martin sewell said...

Your Grace, there are two fascinating video's on the internet which your communicants might like to consider as part of this debate.

One of my son's works in a technology related company and tells me that the world of the 2nd video is only two years away from realisation.

Where all data is interconnected and "learns" through predictive responses to your past choices, it becomes possible that certain core sources such as Wikipedia will become increasingly influential, and who controls access to it is a major political question.

20 January 2011 at 10:02  

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