We need to intentionally build an id ecosystem—a way for human beings to interact online—that is transparent and open and teach each other how to use it.
Data Marking, data tagging…just another dilemma falling into the metadata bucket. I think in general data tagging and data marking are desirable only from the RP et al point view not the “subject attributes” [sic] human users point of view and I don’t support it. But reasoning that human users can’t understand these concepts is groundless. Instead we need to a much better job of developing information systems using commonly understandable terms, functional models, what have you and letting the ecosystem emerge from the common ground. To wit I am submitting a Minority Function Model Report as a small step in that direction. This common ground needs to be aligned to universal human rights. The concepts being referred to here are not that hard to understand but the infrastructure now being built at IDESG may take a rocket scientist to translate and untangle. That is in part intentional. It doesn’t have to be this way. We need to intentionally build an id ecosystem that is transparent and open and teach each other how to use it.
From my perspective by encouraging individual users to do more “tagging” the server/organization that collects, uses, passes around that tagging simply has more information about that user…how they think…what they do. While problematic, difficult, and posing its own dilemmas for democratic countries, it stands to reason that intelligence and defense agencies would want to use such an approach. Is there something that is not relevant to know about the “enemy”?
Making attributes public doesn’t make them facts nor is the claim compelling that there is little of personal privacy significance. These issues are more or less about metadata. They need to come into public discussion. The IDESG is one of the places this discussion should happen. At last the 800lb metadata elephant is seeming a little less invisible.
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