[LINK] Technology that exposes your dirty linen
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Mon Jan 14 11:26:13 EST 2008
At 12:06 PM 10/01/2008, Roger Clarke wrote:
>... reminded me of this proposal for data self-destruction:
>Escaping the data panopticon: Prof says computers must learn to "forget"
>By Nate Anderson | Published: May 09, 2007 - 08:52AM CT
>... Essentially, this means that all collected data is tagged with a
>new piece of metadata that defines when the information should expire. ...
Yes, the old ways of cleaning out data, such as fire, flood or
earthquake, will not work as well in the online distributed
environment. Perhaps rather than a fixed disposal date, as this
article proposes, the data could have its own "social network" to
work out when it should be deleted. The system would work out how
many degrees of separation there are between different data elements.
When an element of data becomes very remote from everything else it
is a candidate for deletion. The same approach could be used for
automatically granting access to data: data near your data is likely
to be something you need to know.
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