Monthly Archives: April 2010

For Expertise, Reputation Matters

Reputation as an SnR amplifier Techniques for optimising useful expertise output from crowdsourcing. When we talk about crowdsourcing complex tasks – like writing policy, or designing a product – we are always faced with a similar set of conundra. We … Continue reading

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Hulu Subscription Models

The LA Times reports that Hulu may start testing a subscription service as soon as May 24. According to the LA times article, $9.95 a month will buy a subscription to to Hulu Plus. Hulu Plus users will have access … Continue reading

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Alternative Approaches to Authentication

Last time, I blamed our security woes on the inadequacies of password-based web authentication. Users are poor at keeping their passwords secret, and tend to re-use passwords. Some sites will inevitably use poor security. Users can’t readily identify good security … Continue reading

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A Collective Failure

Last time, I described a (hopefully) frightening scenario where a user’s entire online life could be laid bare through a single insecure Facebook login. There are many layers to the problems that give rise to this situation. We use network … Continue reading

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House-of-Cards Security

Last time, I lamented the sparse deployment of SSL on the web. SSL for static, and public pages is useful. However, it’s value skyrockets when dealing with user authentication, and users’ private data. However, many web sites misuse SSL in … Continue reading


And did those feet in an antique land

I attended a small poetry reading this evening. Some enterprising characters performed a mashup of One Fish by Dr. Seuss, and the General Prologue of the Canterbury Tales. This gave me an idea for a mashup between Shelley’s Ozymandias, and … Continue reading

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