The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

5 articles about keeping your identity ("persona") safe

How Stuff Works: Identity TheftSeems to be the day of "user identity theft" with the following 4 articles (plus mine from a week or so ago) popping into the feeder.

With the news that Facebooks "Beacon" program being amended due to privacy concerns (Google News: facebook beacon) the whole subject of "online identify" will, I predict, become the dominant conversation during 2008, especially as Google and the like push further into the enterprise with a "life online" delivery of services.

Colin Jackson: On the Internet no-one knows you’re a dog
Colin the voice of IT-ness on National Radio's Nine To Noon and a few days ago he turned his attention to thorny issue of ID verification, the government and what it means to you and me.
It’s really getting at the notion that we are anonymous on the Net and that people can’t tell much about you from a screen name or email address.

Q: Is that true?

A: No, not really. Clever or well-resourced people can tell a lot about you by looking at the traces you leave online. Never assume you can’t be traced across the Internet.

lifehacker: How to Track Down Anyone Online
And Colin's broadcast/article leads me nicely on this (USA based) article from the ever useful lifehacker.
When you're trying to find someone online, Google's not the only game in town. In the last two years, a handful of new people search engines have come onto the scene that offer better ways to pinpoint people info by name, handle, location, or place of employment. While there's still no killer, one-stop people search, there are more ways than ever to track down a long-lost friend, stalk an ex, or screen a potential date or employee. The next time you wonder, "What ever happened to so-and-so?" you've got a few power people search tools to turn to.

Computerworld NZ: 8.3 million in US victims of ID theft in 2005
Problem is growing there, but not so bad in NZ

And for those that need a more homegrown perspective check out this article from Computerworld
NZ ID theft figures
According to Statistics NZ's "Information and Communications Technology in New Zealand" report, released last month, the proportion of individuals who had been a victim of fraudulent ICT activity that resulted in some loss was 1.6%, well below US figures.
The 35- to 39-year age group had the highest proportion of those who experienced loss (2.3%), followed by the 50- to 54-year age group (2.2%), and the 55- to 59-year age group (2.2%).

5 easy ways to protect your online presence with Dr Miramar Mike
And once you've had the pants scared off you you'll want to be protecting your own identity ("persona") with my 5 easy steps:
  1. Reserve your name in all the right places
  2. Have a plan for each persona
  3. Monitor who's referencing you and why
  4. Maintain one core set of information
  5. Don't use the same email/password password for all
Happy and safe surfing everyone


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