August 26, 2008
A Missed Gnomedex Agenda
I missed Gnomedex this year. I was an early attendee when it was largely geeks talking about RSS and social media. It has grown and broadened and this year, I know and am a fan of 80% of the speakers.
I'm conferenced out for the majority of the year and August is that one month, that one "we hope" slow month when you can catch up, regroup and play in nature, as often and as much as possible. Not so much the case this year. I have to keep reminding myself that there is no summer in San Francisco and if you want to play in nature and be warm while you're doing it, you need to venture north or south by a couple of hours.
Stuck with a cold Bay Area August this year, I'm reading through some of what I missed at Gnomedex. Women on the agenda. Good stuff.
Eve Maler spoke about online relationships and how they're transforming not just our businesses but our lives. When dealing with websites and online vendors of all sorts, the price we’re forced to pay in order to get differentiated service is to “hand over the data” – data about us that’s sensitive, valuable, and personal. It fragments not only the pieces of information that represent us online, and not only our sense of control, but our actual influence over these relationships.
Sarah Lacy on the growing blogosphere angst: what Happens when you get what you want. On the geekier side, Larry Halff and Tara Hunt teamed up to talk about how Ma.gnolia has implemented many of the tools of the open web such as OpenID, OAuth and Microformats.
And then a discussion about Generation Y and more on privacy. What privacy? Instantaneous access to information about people’s lives changes the expectation of privacy, posing the question: how will people in Generation Y keep anything to themselves?
Other speakers and sponsors below. Looked like a great program Chris and Ponzi. Keep it up! (but please cast my vote to move the date to earlier in the summer :-)
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