zaterdag 4 juni 2011

Personal digital lockers and standards

A new trend is born, the secure personal digital locker. It used to be called the Digital Vault, but locker feels a lot more personal.

What's the purpose of a locker? It's a storage area for your personal data. The principle behind the locker (as defined by Google's Schmidt) is that you are the owner of your data.

Interestingly, now I know of at least 4 dedicated cloud based locker systems: Qiy, Digidentity, Singly, Azigo. And of course there is Google, iTunes, Amazon
And it will not end here, many more will appear, multi platform tools and apps, and, of course, the inevitable patent wars will happen too. Nevertheless, it seems a nice concept.

But having a locker is only the start. You have to get your data in there. And using a web form to upload is not very practical. Automatic interfaces will have to appear that enable upload from service providers to lockers of their customers, thereby transforming physical output on paper to digital output for delevering and storage in digital lockers.
Interesting, especially for those service providers, it will save massive amounts of paper, quite some business case!

But how will this end? Will everyone have just one locker? Or do we split risks and have separate lockers for different aspects of our lives?
And how can service providers know which locker to use to send data to? And which digital identity is required to open a locker? What legislation is there, can governments open my locker? And what if I die?

Plenty questions and hardly any answers yet. But I know for certain that we need open standards, at least locker provider should use open standards. Standards to be able to send data, upload, standards for identity.

[rant mode]And puhlease, get rid of those patents in order to make this new ecosystem work. Long time ago I had a Compuserve account and I feel that all current patent discussion can be stopped by pointing as Compuserve as an example of prior art.[/rant] (sorry about this)
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