15 May 2002 bjgm   » (Apprentice)

Symbiotic Thoughts

I felt a good first post would be to describe my project, and get some of the concepts / ideas related to it explained a bit, for my own good as well as others, and if nothing ever comes of this project, I hope at least that others are given ideas which come to fruition from this.

Problem set =>

1) Systems which are secure are rately easy to use. As the use of technology grows it will become more important that information be secure / encrypted, not only for network transmission, but also for local persistence. This needs to occur with little to no impact on the user.

2) Authentication is also related to #1, but deserves a number of it's own. There are currently a large number of different authentication mechanisms, but again they are often not simple to use, from either a programmatic or a user perspective, and the lack of a single standard causes problems with system interoperability.

3) Information Management / Sharing is another problem, which a lot of people try to solve by having web pages for everything. This approach really isn't that horrible, as HTML is a decent data display mechanism, but some areas that need improvement there are the ability to add ACL type security to information, and also a good rating system to make it easier to find "good" information.

This is just for starters, and I would love to hear about other people's thoughts on not only this problem set, but related problems which need to / can be addressed programatically.

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