Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Privacy Imperative

Collaboration in a digital environment is important, but – when it comes to collaborating about one’s personal well-being – there is a critical privacy imperative. Nothing personal on the web is possible without respecting the absolute right of privacy of the individual.

“Opt-in” is the key. Individuals should be able to restrict access of ALL of their personal information to precisely those to whom they elect to provide access.


– a doctor who is caring for the patient
– a spouse
– a well-being coach
– a nurse in an assisted living facility
– for a child, the parent

MIT/White House 2014 Meeting
State of the Art in Privacy – Published Paper
Commentary on State of the Art Encryption from 2001
WordPress Privacy Enablers
Wikipedia on TSL and SSL Encryption

Von Hayek and Decentralization of Knowledge

Frederick Von Hayek

“In The Use of Knowledge in Society (1945), Hayek …that…. society’s members achieve diverse, complicated ends through a principle of spontaneous self-organization. “

In 2011 “The Use of Knowledge in Society” was selected as one of the top 20 articles published in the American Economic Review during its first 100 years.

He won a Nobel Prize.

Jimmy Wales cites “The Use of Knowledge in Society”, which he read as an undergraduate,[8] as “central” to his thinking about “how to manage the Wikipedia project”.Hayek argued that information is decentralized – that each individual only knows a small fraction of what is known collectively – and that as a result, decisions are best made by those with local knowledge rather than by a central authority.