Thoughts

Every person has a right, and a responsibility, to a secure, trusted, and private identity.  The prevalence of electronic connections implies that we each must identify ourselves to prove our authorization for particular conduct -- without necessarily having to give up any more private details than necessary.  For two parties to conduct their affairs in a trusted manner requires balancing reciprocal security and privacy concerns. …

Imagine a world in which visiting and using a publicly accessible website could be a criminal violation if the operator of that site banned you for any reason. The operator of the site might not like your politics, view you as a competitor, or just disapprove of what group in society you belong to. As long as their terms of use or a cease and…

As former Chief Risk Officer of Ripple Labs, Greg explains how Ripple’s distributed financial technology allows for banks around the world to directly transact with each other without the need for a central counterparty or correspondent.

craigslist is the best source for data on local exchange activity between seekers and providers of goods and services in the United States. Despite craigslist’s “.org” URL that suggests it operates as some sort of public community or under a not-for-profit corporate status, in reality, craigslist is very much a for-profit entity with a substantial minority shareholder by the name of eBay. craigslist dominates the…

This white paper discusses certain tools and systems people use to find information, and how these tools and systems have changed over time. In tracing the evolution of search, I hope to provide perspective on "diachronic search", the time-ordered search recently popularized through Twitter. divided this paper into nine sections: in the first, I discuss search techniques developed for books; next, I describe initial efforts…

Imagine a world where access to data used by seekers and providers of goods, services and information is inherently biased. Would you enter into an exchange where you know that there is censorship and unequal access to price, rating, and supply and demand indices? Without the free flow of factual information on which decisions are based, a state of exchange bias rather than exchange neutrality…

The term “Data Commons” refers to a cloud of data available for syndication. In this paper, we discuss some of the issues surrounding the establishment of a Data Commons for data related specifically to the exchange of  goods, services and information—including commerce-related data. Where there are many content sources and many content users, as in the exchange space, a clearing system that will normalize and…

Putting all distractions aside, a central issue in Craigslist vs. 3taps/Padmapper is whether a company can put data into the public domain and at the same time complain when it doesn’t like the consequences. Craigslist chose to make its user data available for indexing by search engines, which it does to drive traffic to its website. But making this data available to search engines makes…

3taps Manifesto 3taps FAQ March 7, 2012: Craigslist's Cease and Desist July 20, 2012: Craigslist's Complaint September 24, 2012: 3taps Press Release September 24, 2012: 3taps Counterclaim October 30, 2012: Padmapper Answer and Counterclaim October 30, 2012: Padmapper Motion to Dismiss November 20, 2012: Craigslist's Answer to 3taps' Counterclaim November 20, 2012: Craigslist's Answer to Padmapper's Counterclaim Novemeber 20, 2012: Craigslist's Amended Complaint December 21,…

Micro documentary describing message.me

Greg Kidd talks about 3taps on This Week in Startups