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Re: Context in the XG?

From: Alex Korth <ak@ttbc.de>
Date: Tue, 09 Jun 2009 13:41:04 +0200
Message-ID: <4A2E4A50.5040600@ttbc.de>
Cc: Venezia Claudio <claudio.venezia@telecomitalia.it>, "public-xg-socialweb@w3.org" <public-xg-socialweb@w3.org>
Hi all,

I totally agree on that. It it absolutely neccessary that there is an explicit 
context that is controllable by the user, e.g. the user's active persona 
(private vs. business, see the profile switcher on your nokia as a starting 
point), mood, and so forth.
But: do not let us draw a border to the privacy TF because these TFs' domains 
are not disjoint. Let me give you a quote which is my favorite definition of 

"Privacy is the claim of individuals, groups, or institutions to determine for 
themselves when, how, and to what extent information about them is communicated 
to others."
- Alan Westin, Privacy and Freedom, 1967

As I mentioned in a past Email thread, privacy is not about secracy and thus, 
massively overlapping with explicit context. I agree that privacy has not much 
to do with the technical availability and standardization of implicit context, 
e.g. geo-location, time and so on, but it does with its accessability. Splitting 
up the team to TFs that are overlapping is no good.
I propose having privacy and context in one TF.


>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: public-xg-socialweb-request@w3.org [mailto:public-xg-socialweb-
>> request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Venezia Claudio
>> Sent: den 3 juni 2009 15:44
>> To: public-xg-socialweb@w3.org
>> Subject: Context in the XG?
>> I've not received any comment to the mail below so far....
>> Is there any?
>> Regards
>> Claudio
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: public-social-web-talk-request@w3.org [mailto:public-social-web-
>> talk-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Venezia Claudio
>> Sent: Friday, February 27, 2009 10:56 AM
>> To: 'Harry Halpin'; Renato Iannella
>> Cc: public-social-web-talk@w3.org
>> Subject: RE: Proposal: Keep Group Unified, Don't Divide into Taskforces
>> Hi Harry, all,
>> as said during the workshop operators would be interested in getting to
>> a standard definition of social context, as a set of information which
>> might range from location symbolic names (e.g. home, office,
>> transportation) and social activity (e.g. business meeting, with
>> friends) to sensors' related information (e.g. temperature, brightness
>> and whatever),
>> this work has been partially carried out within W3C UWA but just with
>> respect to the delivery context,
>> the aim would be collecting use cases, generate requirements (e.g.
>> functional, security etc) and collect the critical mass to
>> propose/achieve:
>> 1) a social context vocabulary
>> 2) a definition of Web social context which would extend the web
>> browsing context
>> 3) the specification of APIs to get/set social contextual information
>> 4) a (privacy) security model
>> We believe that contextual information will be more and more important
>> in social networking (especially in mobility) and we'd like to prevent
>> a massive market fragmentation,
>> Regards
>> Claudio
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Alexander Korth
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Received on Tuesday, 9 June 2009 11:41:39 UTC

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