Radically Onymous: How Ending Privacy is Awesome!

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Sunday 13th March, 2011

5:00pm to 6:00pm (CST)

Radically Onymous is, in part, a pushback against the criticism Facebook and other sites get on a regular basis for not having tight enough privacy controls or revealing too much private information. It argues that we would all benefit by having our classically private information public, to an extreme degree. We would instantly know who everyone we meet is, along with access to a full history of their actions, even before we actually "meet". Everyone would know where everyone is at any given moment. This extreme transparency would lead to the replacement of our monetary economy with a reputation economy, like Cory Doctorow's Whuffie in his novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. It would make us safer and, perhaps paradoxically, freer.

Many of this is possible to build now, by leveraging existing social networks, mobile platforms like the iPhone and Android, and public key cryptography. I'll show examples of what could be built today, and how that would be useful even without a critical mass of radically onymous folk.

LEVEL: Beginner

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Myles Grant

Principal Engineer @SlackHQ. PHP, JS, etc. Not currently on tour with @Slash. bio from Twitter

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  • Myles Grant
  • Sarah Rapp

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  • Hillary Hartley
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  • Danny O'B
  • Steve Myers
  • Nicole Hennig
  • Niran Babalola
  • Herman Kuiper
  • Patricia Marinho

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Time 5:00pm6:00pm CST

Date Sun 13th March 2011


Room 5ABC, Austin Convention Center

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