I'm posting after quite a long absence to give you early sight of a very
*very* new networking concept that I've invented in the last few weeks.
For now, I'd ask you not to promote this outside your immediate
contacts, because the infrastructure on the site is not quite ready (I'm
building a new forum to manage community discussions, which is almost
finished). You *can* sign up and post on the forums, but there's more
functionality to come.
I'm just showing this to a few select colleagues on this list and
elsewhere to gather some early expert opinions.
Please have a look through the site below, and let me know what you think!
It's codenamed ID+, and you can find a complete description of the shape
of the idea to date at http://www.idplus.org
Here are a few clues as to what it is and does:
* *It lets individuals store their "information" on a central account*
When you set up an account on an ID+ server (which anyone could
run), you and your friends and contacts can get access to your
information at any time from anywhere (think Plaxo but better).
* *It's a P2P web of trust*
ID+ uses reciprocal links to measure the strength of trust or
value in (real) interpersonal relationships. Fundamentally, ID+
aims to recreate digitally the real interpersonal networks we use
every day, and use the power of computer networks to take the pain
out of simple tasks (like contact management) and enable some
entirely new functions (like being able to request information
from friends of friends of friends with a high degree of
reliabilty). Please see the concept section
<http://www.idplus.org/concept.cfm> for more insight.
* *It's truly extensible*
The architecture is very high-level at the moment, but I'm clear
that user accounts will be use XML, to enable any kind of data to
be stored. The ID+ server can also be extended with (public or
commercial) modules that add new functionality that I haven't yet
* *It's open source*
In sharing the idea with the global community I'm hoping that
individuals will come together to carry forward the conceptual and
technical development more quckly and successfully than a
commercial enterprise could ever achieve.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts about what all this may mean.