Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The Semantic Web & Privacy

I've been thinking about Web 3.0 and the semantic web a lot, since several of my projects involve developing data architectures that will optimize its use. The above video does an OK job of showing the evolution of the web, including what is called the semantic web.

The idea that everything will be connected and data will be shared is intriguing. The mining of data and use of smart algorithms that anticipate our informational needs may sound good, but I wonder if people are ready for the privacy implications of everything having an IP address. People are upset over Facebook changing its privacy setting policies, so will this inhibit the semantic web from reaching its potential or will much of the development of the semantic web be done by corporations and institutions? What people don't realize is that the semantic web will really hit the point home that privacy is dead. Will it go out with a bang or a whimper?

I'll be blogging more on the semantic web and how it relates to social portals, as well as this recent Pew Internet study asking experts their thoughts on the future of Web 3.0.

Song:: Death Cab-'Information Travels'

Twitterversion:: Video on Web 3.0 shows potential of semantic web w/everything connected, hitting home the idea that privacy is dead. @Prof_K

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