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…