Apr. 19, 2011 O’Reilly Where 2.0

On April 19, 2011 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Tim O’Reilly held the Where 2.0 Conference. We talked briefly about his O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures (see t-shirt picture below) and his keynote speech at the STC Summit in Sacramento next month.

Gertrude Stein said about California that “There was no ‘there’, there.” Today there is definitely a ‘here’ at Where 2.0. The most interesting presentation of whereware was by Google’s Kathryn Hurley and Mano Marks. They have figured out a faster and easier way to convert tabular information into maps.

There still seems to be no product or service for ordinary people to opt-out of being tracked. There was a presentation by Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden that talked about the Apple iPhone tracking your every move with consolidated.db. There was also discussion about police in Michigan being able to take all the information off your phone, apparently without a warrant. I think being able to opt-out of tracking is an overlooked opportunity.

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