09 avril 2019

mIDm - Self-Identification the World Wide Web

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. mIDm - Self-Identification the World Wide Web
Yesterday I wrote that authentication is not needed and not desired - self-identification would do the trick. Today I would like to explain how a system of self-identification would work. Moreover, I provide in this article some samples of working code and a demonstration that prove that the sort of system I am describing is possible. More...

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SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #85

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #85
This month's issue of the newsletter has, in addition to its usual wealth of resources, two articles worth a read. The first recommends that authors of articles self-archived on their own site include any publication information on the article page itself. Good point. The second article looks at the problems publishers have tracking readers of self-archived articles and looks at a (bad) solution offered by Adobe whereby the PDF would report back to the publisher whenever a document was opened by a reader. More...

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Authentication and Identification

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Authentication and Identification
On the one hand, we have the assertion that I am a certain person. That is 'identification'. It is the specific process of attaching an identity of a presence - either a physical presence, or in the context of our current enquiry, a virtual presence. And on the other hand we have the verification - the means of proof that what I say is true, that there is sufficient evidence for my claim. That is 'authentication'. In this paper I argue that we we don't need authentication, that authentication won't work, and that people don't want it. What will work? What do people want? Identification. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, May 3, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]. More...

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SkillSoft Releases Dialogue Virtual Classroom

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. SkillSoft Releases Dialogue Virtual Classroom
Skillsoft has released a live online classroom environment called Dialogue. Though it is intended for use with an LMS, it can also be used as a stand-alone application. Depending on pricing and functionality (they should really provide a demo on the website) it could offer competition to products like Symposium and Elluminate. More...

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Real-Time Sharing Of Microsoft Office Documents

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Real-Time Sharing Of Microsoft Office Documents
Robin Good reviews two recent applications designed to enable the real-time sharing of Microsoft office documents and applications. Instalcoll and Conferall, both commercial products, support the sharing of PowerPoint, Excel and Word documents. More...

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Why Businesses, and School Administrators, Don't Blog

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Why Businesses, and School Administrators, Don't Blog
"Companies over the past few centuries have gotten used to shaping their message. Now they're losing control of it." This not only explains why companies and administrators have been slow to adopt blogging but also while the format represents a permanent revolution in communications. More...

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Creative Commons Crossing the Line?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Creative Commons Crossing the Line?
I've mentioned BzzAgents in these pages before; it is a company that hires individuals to seed advertisements into everyday conversations. It has been represented in the press as a good example of grassroots network-based marketing, and so the managers of Creative Commons must have been surprised by the outrage expressed among their supporters when they announced a deal to have BzzAgents spread the Creative Commons message. More...

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REM Song Row Halts Film

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. REM Song Row Halts Film
It's not often you can strike a blow against both education and the environment at once, but with copyright laws being what they are, I guess, you can do anything. More...

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Change or Die

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Change or Die
This article has receioved widespread acclaim in the few days it has been published and I can easily see why. Indeed, I pass it along with a similar endorsement. The author's point is to question why people don't change - their habits, their beliefs, their work processes - when merely presented with sufficient information. More...

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The New Gatekeepers, Part 5: The Problem of Crowds

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The New Gatekeepers, Part 5: The Problem of Crowds
Part Five of the New Gatekeepers series I mentioned last week or so. Not the final installment - there will be a part six. According to the author, "because of the nature of information cascades, we find ourselves trusting people and stories simply because other people appear to trust them at all. There are enough independent thinkers out there to offer a useful amount of doubt. More...

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