News & Culture & Podcast02 Jan 2007 07:31 pm

Here are tonight’s news items that I’ll be talking about on when I join my friend, David Lawrence, for my weekly segment on his radio show, The David Lawrence Show:

Google plugs Gmail data leak flaw

We will also be chatting about my plans to add podcasting to PrivacyClue. Just think, you could be listening to me drone on about this stuff instead of just reading it… :-D

Remember, you can always download the audio of this hour, or any hour, from David Lawrence’s website for a micro-payment of 25¢. You can also subscribe to them and have them automatically downloaded to your iPod via iTunes at David Lawrence Unplugged.

AGLOCO & Personal & Podcast & Sillycon Valley Biz21 Nov 2006 11:34 pm

As many astute readers of this blog may notice, I’ve not been blogging too much lately. And if you’re also a listener to The David Lawrence Show, you will have a good idea why: I’ve been up to my eyeballs with the launch of my new company, AGLOCO.

AGLOCO — which is an acronym of sorts, short for “A Global Community” — is a modern incarnation of the Infomediary concept that I helped to pioneer back during the “dotcom” days with AllAdvantage. At AGLOCO, I am a co-founder (along with a couple of former AllAdvantage founders and a new cast of thousands*) and Chief Privacy Officer. Oh, and de facto General Counsel (at least until we have enough money to hire a better lawyer). ;-)

( * Okay, not a cast of thousands… But we’ve got about a dozen Stanford students that are running most of the operations. Actually, we may very well be the largest single employer of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Class of 2007…)

What is AGLOCO?

At it’s core, AGLOCO is an Infomediary. What’s that?

On the Internet, advertisers and marketers are eagerly and greedily gathering information about you, your interests, your shopping patterns, and other pieces of your personal information. They use this information to build a “profile” which can be used to target advertisements to you. In fact, some “data brokerage” companies will sell that profile information — your information! — to the highest bidder.

An infomediary turns this equation upside down by working as an agent on behalf of consumers to gather the same kind of data profile, but this time the profile is kept private and under the ultimate control of the consumer. The infomediary then pays consumers a share of the advertising revenue. As the community of users grows, and the quality of the targeting profile improves, the infomediary can provide advertisers with a richer and more valuable advertising audience and in turn the infomediary can deliver more value back to the community.

If you look today at the most vibrant communities on the Internet, places like MySpace, YouTube, Flickr and del.icio.us, the members of those communities have made those sites into incredible successes. When MySpace sold to News Corp. for $580 Million, how much money did the users of MySpace make? When YouTube sold to Google for $1.65 Billion, how much of that money went to those lip-syncing Korean guys and the other thousands of users who made the site such a success?

Don’t get me wrong: I think the folks who create exciting websites and think up innovative “Web 2.0” concepts deserve to be rewarded for their creativity and their vision. But so do the users, without whom those sites would be nothing more than cute little ideas with no audience. Now, some will say that the users of YouTube or MySpace get value because they get the enjoyment of participating in the community and creating wacky webpages… all of which they get for the low, low price of FREE!

Yeah, well… one of our founding team stumbled upon a quote that sums up my feelings: Sometimes “Free” is Too Expensive!

AGLOCO will be the only (at least until somebody swipes the idea) Internet community where all the Members who come together to make it a success will actually share in the wealth created by their hard work and dedication. If “Web 2.0 is all about user empowerment, AGLOCO is empowering a virtual revolution!

For more information, please check out AGLOCO and if you want to sign up, please use my referral number: AGLO-0009. You can also learn more about AGLOCO by checking out my exclusive Podcast Interview with David Lawrence. I did a written interview for the AGLOCO website, too.

Listen to the Podcast here. <img src="http://www.privacyclue.com/podcasts/podcast.jpg"

To read more about AGLOCO you can also check out the following blogs where AGLOCO’s launch is already generating a lot of interest:

AllAdvantage Is Back – GigaOM (11/03/2006)

AGLOCO launches – will pay you to surf the Web – VentureBeat (11/20/2006)

Web 1.0 Undead Rise: AGLOCO – TechCrunch

AGLOCO – AllAdvantage team launches new(ish) business – E-Consultancy (11/20/2006)

AllAdvantage 2.0, AGLOCO Launches – GigaOM (11/20/2006)

Now I like AGLOCO even more – McCall’s Notes (11/20/2006)

Friends & Family & News & Culture & Podcast05 Oct 2006 11:38 pm

Justin and I make a rare in-studio appearance on The David Lawrence Show. We talk about Justin’s new gig at Adobe, his presentations this week at the “Flash In The Can” conference in Hollywood. We also talk about some current news items, such as the rumored purchase of YouTube by Google and some of the cool new television shows that have started (or returned) this television season.

You can download the audio of the show at this link, only $0.25 through BitPass.

I also stuck around to do the podcast, which can be downloaded for free at David Lawrence Unplugged and on iTunes (just search for David Lawrence in the podcast section).

Mobile Tech & Podcast11 Apr 2005 02:40 pm

My friend David Lawrence has written a really interesting blog entry about the phenomenon of Podcasting, and why it’s not really all that new, as well as why it faces some pretty substantial challenges before it becomes the “end” of radio as we know it.

Podcast & Politics25 Mar 2005 02:56 pm

Podcasting must be passe now if the politicans are getting into it. But always at the cutting edge of interesting ideas and thoughtful discourse, former U.S. Senator John Edwards has launched his own podcast at the One America Committee website. He is joined by his wife Elizabeth who, thank God, is doing well in her breast cancer treatments. The ‘cast is about March Madness, Elizabeth’s treatment, and even discusses blogging. Oh yeah, and explains why the President’s ideas for Social Security destruction are pretty awful.

I’ve been using the iPodder software and it works pretty well for integrating my podcast streams into my iTunes software. It’s a little awkward to set up new ‘casts to be automagically transferred to my iPod, but since I don’t really go anywhere regularly, it’s ok.

Friends & Family & Podcast & Privacy & Spam21 Mar 2005 12:53 am

On tonight’s David Lawrence Show, I coach David on the finer points of being an annoyed gay man, in preparation for his audition for the role of Mark Bingham‘s boyfriend Matt Hall. Bingham was one of the heroes of Flight 93, who fought back against the hijackers on September 11, 2001, and prevented them from crashing into the Capitol or the White House (or wherever they were headed). We also talked about the differences between privacy and anonymity.

Later in the show, my Internet Privacy for Dummies co-author, Gregg Stebben, joins David to talk health and technology. Please spend the 25¢ and listen to Gregg’s segment too!

Too cheap to pay that? Well try David’s new Podcast for free!