Dan Paluska


Thoughts on total openness of information

Total information openness. No private information.

Can you imagine living life without having any private information? No private bank statements, no private files on your computer, etc. So I understand this is a pretty large leap from the world we are currently living in. Fair enough. So why would you even ask such questions?

Ok. Let’s take a slightly different path. Do you trust the government? Do you trust the large banks? Do you trust Facebook? Do you trust Google? All these entities currently hold some of your private information. These entities have all proven to be fallible. So, given that these entities are fallible, are there other options? Don’t pay taxes and keep your money under the bed is one.

What if all your private information was public? Just the information, not the control. This means your bank statements are public but not the bank password for transfering funds. Is it possible that your information is better off in the hands of the general public than it is in the hands of these large fallible institutions? If everyone has your information, does that make it less prone to theft? Do enough people care to make it repair itself, the way wikipedia repairs itself? Does society function better if we actually know the truth about each other?

How could you do this? What are the small steps one could take to build up to total openness? What would be the name for such an experiment? I think one minute per day is a small step in this direction.

So, any of your data that you consider to be “yours” and not shared with another person. This is the information you attempt to place into the public domain. You don’t do this by picking and choosing, you do it by including all the boring details.

So who can use your information to do wrong? If all the bad people have your info, will you have your identity stolen? But if everyone already knows your info, how can it be “stolen”?

The Big Assumption: Enough people are interesting in seeing your experiment succeed that the positive effects outweigh the negative effects.

Of course you need a catchy name if you’re going to do this thing. What is that catchy name? Some sort of acronym?
TOI – total open information (toi toi toi is something like ‘good luck/break a leg’ in dutch)
NPI – no private information
API – all public information
PIT – Public Information Trust.
TIP – Trust information public

to be continued…

update:

http://daytum.com

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122852285532784401.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/08/AR2008090802681.html

http://twitter.com/keytweeter

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i prefer living in a village. though what if you’re values are punished when in the collective view? alas, we’re probably all criminals in one way or another and the system as it stands would probably fail. taking this perspective and working how to get to the other side of our current purgatory is important to think about, as we’re going there whether we like it or note. keep working on this dan, good work should come out of this.

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what are your opinions on the possible impact across various groups of people if this idea were put to use?

companies and corporations like to launch products at their audiences without figuring out issues first, and they often let the consumer figure out what is and what is not working. this is especially true of anything regarding the use of the internet.

why would women or minors for example, or elderly people, or minority groups (just to name a few) think this is a good idea when they would have no protection from possible exploitation of this publicly available information?

Comment by sarah wilson

i’m not suggesting this to be thrust upon anyone, but i think it should be easier to open things up for those who wish to.

Comment by danielpaluska

This is really cool! I think that by opening up information to public scrutiny, one probably begins to scrutinize one’s own behaviors more, and that other peoples’ commentary on one’s actions would be interesting and probably insightful.

I’m interested in developing an app that would tweet my bank transactions.

Comment by louisknapp

let me know if you get that app up and running and i would like to use it to. or better yet, let’s gather some people together and open a transparent credit union! all transactions public. i’m sure we can find some critical mass.

Comment by t he ans weri saque stion?

Thank you for raising all these questions. Could it be that the idea of open-info works well, as a start, in small groups, places where there is already a structure or a common ground of resources which could be relied on to handle the issues arising out of open-info.

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