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The Mine! Project – Google Tech Talk Part 2

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Back in April, when Adriana and I visited the Bay area, we did a lunchtime talk about the Mine! project at Google. Here is the second part; apologies for the delay in posting it, there were more slides to sync audio against, in my half.

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7 Responses to “The Mine! Project – Google Tech Talk Part 2”


  1. ProjectVRM Blog » Gain of Facebook
    on Jul 4th, 2009
    @ 2:30 pm

    [...] take time, and there are a number of projects underway. Check out The Mine! Project, including Alec Muffett’s latest — his slides from a recent Google Tech Talk. Check out what Iain Henderson says about his work with VPI (volunteered personal information) and [...]


  2. Dave Walker
    on Jul 4th, 2009
    @ 8:00 pm

    “Information intermediaries” == “one of the advertised ‘Problems’, ’solved’ by a ‘National ID Card’”.

    Therefore, It Simply Can’t Work.

    “Your address is on your website and under your control”, *unless* some intermediary between your website and the folk who want to know your details, have cached a copy and somehow fail (whether by malice or incompetence) to notice the fact that you’ve updated your details. Your accountability / audit argument works in this context, though.

    FWIW, this sounds like an interesting semi-parallel near-equivalent to my Cloud design axioms. Therefore, I think we’re both on the same interesting path, in fairly different contexts.


  3. Dave Walker
    on Jul 4th, 2009
    @ 8:03 pm

    Oh, and tags are *bad*, because there’s no centralised dictionary of them, or even a consistent syntax for them.


  4. alecm
    on Jul 5th, 2009
    @ 10:38 am

    No argument about ID-cards being bad from me, but regards:

    >Oh, and tags are *bad*, because there’s no centralised dictionary of them, or even a consistent syntax for them.

    And why is that *bad*?

    You’ve seen the chaos os someof our colleague’s desks… it’s not a problem for *them* and (in a Mine even moreso than an office desk) being a personal workspace it’s not exposed to anyone else — so I don’t see the issue.

    A Tagsonomy (sic) is for the user to choose and manage on their own, and entirely a matter of self-discipline.


  5. dropsafe : The Mine! Project - Google Tech Talk Videos #themineproject #vrm
    on Jul 10th, 2009
    @ 5:41 am

    [...] first video, Adriana deals with the user perspective of the Mine, and why it is being created; the second video is me reviewing the technical goals and talking about the [...]


  6. Dhruv
    on Jan 20th, 2010
    @ 8:56 am

    Interesting concept! Very cool.

    However, I have a view on the existence of multi-national corps to manage this. The value add that these corps bring to the table is simplicity for the layman. And potentially, advanced infrastructure for security in this case.

    I can see myself using Mine. But I can’t see some of my non-techie friends using it. Hence, there is a need. And when there is a need, there is a corporation.


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