Going to E2 this year? Care about open standards? Join a free event!

imageThe w3C Social Business Community is hosting a meet up at the Enterprise 2.0 conference this June in Boston. Join us!

Enterprise 2.0 Social Meet-up

There will be a meetup at Enterprise 2.0:

  • Date: June 18
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Boston Marriott Copley Place
  • Limited Spaces:Register now

Special Accessibility Event Happening Today

Please welcome today’s guest blogger, Brian Cragun
Image:Special Accessibility Event Happening Today

Today, there is web event about collaboration using Lotus Connections 3.0.  At 12pm Eastern, we will have a public open Q&A session about the Lotus Connections, what it is, how you can collaborate with it, and all the accessibility features built in.

We’ll have on line:

  • Ann Abbott, IBM Collaborative Solutions Accessibility Lead
  • Brian Cragun, IBM Master Inventor & Consultant with the HA&AC
  • Damian Chojna, IBM Collaboration Solutions Software Engineer
  • Matt King, IBM I/T Chief Accessibility Strategist

All of these people helped in the improved design that make Lotus Connections so much more usable and especially usable to all users.

You can read the discussion or join in starting at noon. To participate:

Lotus Connections is all about bringing everyone together.   Just as we look at the greater collaboration community wanting to involve everyone, the community with an interest in accessibility wants software that involves them.

2009 in review

While 2009 isn’t quite over yet, I have been thinking about the year in review and have determined that it is one of the best years of my life 🙂 Click the pics for more pics.

Lotusphere 2009

I started the year working on the Lotus collaborative technology conference, Lotusphere. I worked as part of a great team who built the demonstrations that we showed in the opening general session of Lotusphere 2009. It is an exciting event, and I was honored to help build them demos and present the Lotus portfolio on stage in front of 1000s of attendees!

Running of the Brides, Boston

My best friend and her mother and aunt joined me on a freezing cold February 20th to help me find a dress for my upcoming wedding. We had such a blast and were successful!

Big Dual Birthdays!

Mike and I both hit decade years this year and celebrated with our family and friends!

Mike Graduates – Perfectly!

Mike finished his degree from Boston University’s Metropolitan College Summa Cum Laude!

We got married!!

Yes, we did it! On the 4th of July we got hitched! It was a beautiful day, and we went on a cruise to Bermuda afterward. Click on the picture to see our album, which I custom designed!

An exciting year! What will 2010 bring for us?!

IBM hosts a Smart Work Jam

Lotus General Manager Bob Picciano will be joined by other IBM executives and business leaders at this Jam tomorrow and are ready to hear your feedback on how to create a smarter planet:

I’d like to personally invite you to join me tomorrow for a global discussion on how to create a smarter, more productive work environment. Forward-thinking IBM customers, expert thought leaders from around the world, and top IBM executives will be sharing ideas and setting direction for future investment. I would appreciate your adding your voice to the conversation. Please take a moment right now to register here https://www.collaborationjam.com/minijam2/jam/registration/index.do?jamId=1746

SXSW Privacy Panel Recap

The privacy panel on day 2 of SXSW was led by danah boyd of Microsoft Research. Panelists included Judith Donath – MIT Media Laboratory, Siva Vaidhyanathan – University of Virginia, and Alice Marwick – New York University.  The panel was centered around topics but rather than a conversation it felt more like a stream of points, thus my notes are more a stream of points. Sorry if it seems confusing and jumps around. There were some complaints about the panel being overly academic. Comments and corrections welcome.

Opening statements / remarks by panelists


  • writing a book on the googlization of everything
  • interested in the nature of transaction between us/users and google
  • google provides some levels of control to users about what personal information they are permitted to collect, but those controls are not obvious
  • he wants to debunk some myths he feels are common misconceptions:
  • #1 – privacy is not merely the opposite of publicity – just because we post a lot of content about ourselves doesn’t mean we are not concerned about privacy
  • #2 – privacy is not a substance that can be traded or given away; google’s stock phrase is “people are willing to trade a little bit of privacy for a better user experience”. This assumes we’re diivying out little bits of privacy


  • Interested in how social media impacts status & is studying the microcelebrity
  • there is positive value to publicness – i.e. there is value in twitter & participating in conversations; she’s interviewed CEOs who wouldn’t hire someone without a facebook profile; cites an example of emotional support as a reason to be public about difficult experiences
  • the more information you put out there, the more valuable that is to corporate interest; corporations create valuable people profiles based on information you may not realize you are sharing; just because you make something public doesn’t mean anyone should use that for their personal gain


  • Focus on social vizualization
  • interested in private / public contexts; how many public faces do you have
  • controlling your public persona is related to the larger issue of how many faces you keep and how many personas you maintain
  • it is easy to collapse these contexts online; social norms exist in our daily public life i.e. in a restaurant it is not socially acceptable to butt in on another table’s conversations; however, it is harder to see these social norms online
  • we don’t have a digital equivalent of a mirror to help us know the trail we leave behind

boyd – what is technology’s affect on privacy / publicity?


  • no change is purely technological – also cultural
  • corporations are rewarded for capturing attention – firms are interested in gathering our preferences, not just to target us personally but to target us in the aggregate
  • in 1973 – 1976 Americans were concerned with rights as citizens / consumers; vocal movement brought about strong laws that reformed the credit rating system but also created laws that last to today such as it being illegal for one govt agency to share information with other agencies;


  • people are unaware of the profiles created about them by “the corporation”; there needs to be a way to see the trails you are leaving behind; people don’t know what information is being shared with corporate entitities; having control over the data trail should be similar to how you dress and look; you should be able to choose how to shape your data trail
  • villages have very little privacy as compared to today’s society that is more isolated & private; for most of history we haven’t had this type of “recording” ability; your information can be taken out of context 20 years from now; we’re forcing a public sphere that is extremely tolerant; we are looking at a large public space where the norms are very broad


  • teenager research shows that kids felt their homes were not private to them, it was more public as parents controlled the household space


  • each social context has different methods for information flow; information can easily move from one context to another
  • people tell her they don’t believe in the separation of public / private but they don’t keep everything online
  • is the burden on the individual or on the corporation to manage your information; ezpass as an example of non internet specific data about you that you should manage as well


  • shouldn’t i have some stake in my information being used if i am creating social currency?
  • most people are unaware of the controls that are in place for them to protect their information; we need to publicly design laws and controls that can be understood by everyone, not just the digital elites


  • sometimes this social currency is to our advantage, ie. getting jobs based on what we’ve shared


  • can surveillance create a better community?  looking after each other can make each other treat others more humanely
  • reciprocity – you share with friends / colleagues because you know that there is a limit to how much damage the person can do with your info; this is not true with corporate / govt; build in the notion of reciprocity in relationships; trashing the dignity of the star wars kid – we can easily harm the dignity of others
  • terms of service are not amendable by users; they are not clear enough for people to truly understand how the information is being used; sites can change ToS unilaterally – you cannot fight back (though audience brings up that you can, and it was done with Facebook)


  • What does it look like if you aggregate all of the information about yourself – what you’ve changed, where you’ve been, your ez pass? However you can’t see this portrait of yourself.