Clement Charles

Clement Charles 's thoughts
June 5th, 2014

DATA MARK UP LANGUAGE

The more I listen, the more I hear concerns about data ownership and control. Concerns, yes, but solutions, not much. All of it flavored by pessimism – as if the current abuse were here to stay.

Well I don’t think so.

Fist of all, I am sure, and I’ve said publicly in event like ITU Telecom World 2013, that today, a good privacy and data protection are like the icing on the cake, but that they may become the cake itself in the soon to come future. Indeed, I think that in 10 years from now, to create a real data economy where growth is possible, privacy will be part of the game, as much as letting users control the usage of their data.

Secondly, the logic, the technical paradigm to reach that goal is already public today. One of the greatest initiative to protect personal data, in my view, is the IDCUBED project from the MIT , headed by John Henry Clippinger. I had the pleasure to meet John at ITU Telecom World 2012, in Dubai, in a session on privacy. On that day, and in our lunch that followed, I discovered their idea of a “data mark up language” that would encapsulate all types of possible usages of the data produced.

In my view, based on that idea from the MIT, each data should have its own meta-mark up information, like the EXIFF files in a photo or the XML files in a web content.

It should answer the following question, from the biggest to the smallest:

1 / Do you allow your data to be share ? Yes. No. If no, end of the question.

2 / If yes, would you like this data to be share with

– scientific organizations that would use your data anonimmized for research purpose
– a specific person (please list as many, please use group or “circles” that you’ve already curated)
– all or part of yours contacts (from one or more database of personal contact, from address books to Facebook friends)
– commercial organization that may uses your data commercially (and possibly, pay you a share of the revenues)

 

What do you think ? What rights would you give to who ? Let’s chat .

Clement

 

March 4th, 2014

Back on ITU World 2012

Invited as speakers in the “Who Owns My Data” session in Dubai in 2012, I had the opportunity to share (… and scare) with my vision of the digital immortality. I also met and discovered MIT professors John Clippinger, founder and Executive Director, Idcubed, that made understand how we may control and monetize our flows of data.

As we I am already preparing possible participation in Doha 2014 after my successful panel and meet the experts session in Bangkok last November, I wanted to go back on that session in Dubai which was greatly quoted. You can view a great report here, and view the session in full simple with a easy free login with your mail.

January 30th, 2014

The QS GVA Meet Up – Happy 2014

Hello

Back on blogging after two intense months of 200% work. I hope you are all fine and the holidays were good. Happy New Year. 2014 will be a great year, glad to be looking for it !

We also back on track with the Quantified Self Meet Up in Geneva. The first 2014 Meet Up – the 10th in total – will be held in the nice cowering / digital culture space of La Muse ! As for the program, we plan a short but dense meet up.

As you know, QS, as all new technologies and society changer, has one step in the present and an other in the future. Our next meet up will provide the same perspective with some really immediately relevant and useful content, as well as some more futuristic forward thinking to fuel your imagination.

Bruno Chanel, a digital strategist and Evernote ambassador in CH, will present a graphic compilation demonstrating links and correlation between various sets of his personal data, collected with Withings (weight, BMI), Evernote Foods (meals) and Jawbone UP (steps, sleeps).  A first time disclosure of all this very, very personal data.

More info: http://brunochanel.com

Clement Charles, digital media pioneer, promoter of awareness of both Quantified Self and data privacy, will share a “down the line vision” of the digital immortality, or how connected mankind could stays around for centuries by using life long collected data to create digital copies of themselves.

More info: http://www.clementcharles.me/quantified-self-digital-immortality/

 

This meet up will televised !

At the RTS is currently doing a report about QS for health, they are inviting us to have the meet up in the highest tower of the city, with an exceptional view on the city. They will be filming the meet up as part of their report, but no presentation or personal data will be recorded.

There is no bar service, so please feel free to bring some drinks along.

Event is free – please do subscribe via MeetUp to ease planning: Quantified Self Geneva (Genève) – Meetup

 

May 29th, 2013

The 2013 Quantified Self Europe Conference Roundup

If you missed the big moment of European Quantified Self movement, you will surely enjoy the round up on the global QS Blog. You will see many different post, covering a large amount of topics and points of view, on Quantified Self in general, as well as on this great QS EU 13 conferences we’ve enjoyed so much.

You can access the full review with this link: The 2013 Quantified Self Europe Conference RoundupQuantified Self. You’ll also be able to view some videos, interviews and captures of conference and a great  Flicker album.

If you are looking for my post, my reports and feelings on the event, please use the following links:

A general piece:
A piece about the breakout session we’ve had: 
Some smaller, more targeted posts:

 

 

May 18th, 2013

Memoto at Quantified Self Europe 2013 | Memoto Blog

A great overview of what happen last week at QS Europe Conference in A’Dam. From MEMOTO, one of the most promising wearable life logging tool, that had a huge (and deserved) success on kickstarter.
Check the article there:

Memoto at Quantified Self Europe 2013 | Memoto Blog.

Aslo, a big thanks to Niklas for his mention of my breakout on digital immortality. I am glad he like the session and enjoyed with the final poetic statement “Especially with all the self-tracking we’re getting into, what we do in life echoes in eternity.” Agreed !!! If you wanna start echoing in pictures right now, pre orders are still open for memoto cams ; )

May 11th, 2013

Interviewed alongside Ray Kurzweil, Gordon Bell and Brewster Kahle

 

Capture d’écran 2013-05-11 à 16.46.00

 

Whaouh ! I had the great chance to be interviewed by award winning documentarist Antoine Viviani… The interview was on big data, quantified society, future of lifeloging and digital immortality. The team was great, and chatting with them, I understood that they conducted a lot of interviews in the US with some my personal heroes and key influencers such as Ray Kurzweil, Gordon Bell and Brewster Kahle. I was honored and impressed to among the interviewees for the film.

Previously, Antoine VIVIANI realize this fantastic interactive transmedia called IN SITU documentary and won some awards from it. You can still view it with its interactive enrichment online the specific Arte sub-site.

 

Caption (c) Antoine Viviani, Arte 2011.

 

 

May 11th, 2013

Digital Immortality @ ITU World Telecom in Dubai 2012

Clement Charles ITU Telecom World Dubai on QS Digital Immortality

I had the chance to participate to the ITU World Telecom latest event in Dubai. I was invited to speak about data and media in a panel called “Who Owns My Data”. Last night, I was preparing my break out session on digital immortality for the the QS conference.Good surprise, when I typed “digital immortality” in my evernote, I had the real pleasure to seeing one of quotes on that topic from this panel used as title of the big data section of the “outcome report” that is published after the conference. I did overview when I received but apparently did not read with enough attention as I missed my own quote of Digital Immortality : / Still it shows that the topic has impact.

You can download the complete ITU World Telecom 2012 Dubai Outcomes Report. The title with my quote is in the image above, on page 25/35.

Well, thanks a lot, Stewart and Simon !

May 9th, 2013

Quantified Self Europe this weekend !

This is clearly the big moment in the QS quarter with the QS Europe Conference. The whole team from SF / US is coming plus a ton of really great speaker.

qs-europeconferenceOn my side, I will be honored to host a break out session on Sunday about “Quantified Self & Digital Immortality”. If you there, connect me and let’s meet for a coffee and a chat.

 

If you cannot attend, I would assume that a lot of content of the conferences and presentation will be available online after the show.