Archive for October, 2009

Making Privacy Policies not Suck

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Privacy policies are long legalese documents that obfuscate meaning. Nobody reads them because they are indecipherable and obtuse. Yet, these are the documents that tell you what’s going on with your data — how, when, and by whom your information will used. To put it another way, the privacy policy lets you know if some company can make money from information (like selling you email to a spammer).

Creative Commons did an amazing thing for copyright law. It made it understandable.


You-Centric: A Sketch of The Future of Browsers

Friday, October 16th, 2009

We’ve been thinking at Mozilla Labs about what it means for the web to be more personal, more social, and more about you. It breaks down into four area:

  • Identity
  • Social
  • Deep Integration
  • Task-Centric

What does that mean? The video of my keynote from FOWA London below presents a sketch of what this might look like, and what it means for the future of browsing. This is all still in embryonic form, so now is the time for feedback to provide the greatest change. So let’s here it! Are the API’s and directions proposed here useful or compelling?