Against Data Portability

Saw this advocacy of DataPortability over at Valleywag. It is an idea only a programmer could love. Real humans don’t want data portability. As I told Joseph Smarr of Plaxo, when I go to BurningMan, I don’t necessarily want to interact with the same people I meet at tech conferences. Every context has its appropriate ambient data and connections. A flat world limits freedom.

Facebook initially got it right. They created a place where people could feel free to express themselves in a particular context. The feeling of security and privacy led to a flourish of content uploaded to the site. By opening up, now, if you are on Facebook, you have the risk that your mom or your employer is going to see the photos your friends posted of your antics at the party last night.

A transparent society is a totalitarian society and thats not fun for anyone.


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