Lab News Items
July 13, 2007

Healthcare 3.0 video presentation now online

Announcements, Lab News By: ams

The video of Marty Tenenbaum’s presentation Healthcare 3.0: Transforming Medicine through Collective Intelligence can now be downloaded as well as viewed online. This particular presentation was given at the Biomedin 200 Collaquia at Stanford University in May.

Here’s the abstract:

All of healthcare is an experiment, but we measure only a small
portion of the outcomes, i.e., in clinical trials. We’re also not very
good at collaboratively analyzing the data, interpreting the results,
and disseminating them in a timely and meaningful manner. In this talk
we will present a vision and technological approach for addressing
these problems by using the Web to tap the collective intelligence of
patients, physicians and medical researchers, ultimately bringing the
world’s knowledge and resources to bear on curing diseases one patient
at a time.

February 11, 2007

Study finds weaknesses in online banking authentication

Announcements, Lab News By: ams

The New York Times reports on a study authored by CN Fellow Rachna Dhamija. The study, conducted with colleagues at Harvard and MIT, tested a website authentication system currently in use by Bank of America, ING Direct and Vanguard. In this system, online banking customers are asked to select an image that they will see every time they log in to their account. If customers do not see their image, they could be at a fraudulent, or “phishing” Web site, and should not enter their passwords. However, in a usability test, the researchers found that most online banking customers did not notice when the images were absent and provided their passwords.

Public radio’s FutureTense program interviewed Rachna about the study and released a short MP3 of the interview.

More details can be found in the draft paper [PDF], which will be published at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in May.

December 12, 2006

CommerceNet Holiday Open House

Announcements, Lab News By: ams

Check your inbox for an invitation to the 2006 Holiday Open House at our offices in Palo Alto, at 169 University Avenue. Cocktails, conversations, and connections after work on a Tuesday evening — who could ask for more? Another jumbo chocolate fountain, like the last two years? Well, stay tuned…

If we’ve overlooked you, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line!

September 8, 2006

WWW2006 Podcast: “Where’s the innovation in mashups [like FlySpy]?”

Conferences, Lab News By: ams

Back in May, CommerceNet participated in several events at the 15th International World Wide Web Conference in Edinburgh. The conference organizers commissioned series of podcasts interviewing WWW2006 participants professionally recorded and produced by Bright Indigo‘s Peter Croasdale.

On their fourth and final installment, “Business and Society” (program notes, full transcript coming in September), released on August 15th, they interviewed CommerceNet Labs director Rohit Khare about the nature of innovation in Web 2.0, and how to unlock value with ‘mash-ups’ (MP3). In particular, about 20% in, he discussed FlySpy and the kind of disruption its user interface represents by reusing the flight reservations booking infrastructure.

August 17, 2006

First Monday publishes retrospective on Trust Management

Lab News By: ams

Almost 10 years ago, Rohit Khare and Adam Rifkin wrote an ambitious survey paper
of the emerging discipline of Trust Management on the Web (as opposed to, say, straightforward security and cryptography). A few months ago, the peer-reviewed online journal First Monday. In honor of their own 10th anniversary year, they invited a few authors to contribute reflections on their original papers, republished here in a special issue on Commercial Applications of the Internet.

Follow this link for our Reflections on: Trust management on the World Wide Web.

July 18, 2006

Lost in (Deep) Space: CommerceNet at JPL Communications Workshop

Conferences, Lab News By: ams

[Update: Slides on Agoric Exploration now available, in Keynote and PowerPoint format also.]

No, it’s not (yet) time for Martian explorers to purchase digital music downloads as the new frontier in e-Commerce. CommerceNet Labs research has been invited, though, to particpate in a Deep Space Communications workshop at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories during the Second IEEE International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology from July 17-20 at the Pasadena Conference Center.

We’ll be speaking about the potential of market-based control mechanisms for allocating scarce resources amongst competing mission priorities that require choreography of assets across multiple agencies. We wrote a short introductory proposal with Prof. Richard N. Taylor for a NASA resarch program back in 2004, and while we’re far, far from expert at deep space communication, we are excited about 1) agoric control and 2) decentralized software architecture.

While somewhat tutorial in nature, we’ll plan to tailor it to the level of experience our audience has had with concepts such as the economics of uncertainty, prediction markets, markets for workplace decision making (Zocalo), and using event-based architectural styles to synchronize multiple devices/platforms. Other aspects of the problem we hope to point at are: the difficulty of underwriting “units” of currency for diverse assets (some camera time with some bandwidth at the same time vs. some storage and processing (compression) and bandwidth later on), scheduling results from grid computing such as Tycoon, and related efforts in general-game playing (AI) and trading agent competitions.

May 17, 2006

(Im)Moderation at InfoWorld’s SOA Forum in NYC

Conferences, Lab News By: ams

Next month, InfoWorld is organizing its second SOA Executive Forum. That is, the second conference this year; that’s how much interest in this area has been ramping up. Of course, it’s not surprising that well-hyped fair-haired technology of a few years ago is only now delivering — once it’s in the shadows of a whole new boom in hype (WWII.0 anyone?)

CommerceNet’s Rohit Khare will be moderating two panel discussions on the Technology Track on Wednesday, May 17th in New York: SOA Meets Web 2.0 and The State of the Stack: Where Web Services Standards are Today.

The first session speaks to the potential of bottling the spirit of MashupCamp and unleashing it within the IT department. The “Web 2.0” world doesn’t use the lingo of Composite Apps, XML, and WS-*; you’d hear mashups, microformats, and REST instead. And please don’t call them ASPs: the cool new kids are all about the ad-supported browser-based hosted services.

Credit for that analogy above about the change in language is due to UC Berkeley professor Robert Gluskho, one of our panelists. Enterprise architect (and author) James McGovern of The Hartford pointed out that, technology buzzwords aside, the more profound change may be in recasting IT services within a larger ecosystem, services whose community of users live on either side of the corporate firewall. That kind of cooperation is key to the a interesting new business experiment headed up by Lew Tucker at Salesforce.com: AppExchange, where other companies’ apps can be rented side-by-side with their flagship CRM — and those partner apps can run off of the same database and extend each other’s data models. Of course, that kind of deep integration is easy to imagine on a centralized platform, but lots of the data (and services) needed actually reside on other Web servers; that’s why we also invited John Yapaola from Kapow, who sell a powerful visual programming tool for scraping and remixing multiple Web applications in a robust way.

The second session is a topic further from Rohit’s heart: who else could have written as incendiary a panel title as WS-* Considered Harmful? While he’d like to ask why we need a stack at all — the REST approach can be implemented with a slew of loosely-coupled tools, open-source and commercial, we’re fortunate to have some leading lights and actively-engaged practitioners of Web Services as they currently stand to survey the field for us: Real-World SOA blogger David Linthicum and middleware pioneer Steve Vinoski from Iona.

May 1, 2006

Internet Identity Workshop 2006 coming to Mountain View

Conferences, Lab News By: ams

CommerceNet is proud to be a supporter of the second Internet Identity Workshop. This time, it will be held here on the Peninsula, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. It starts on the afternoon of May 1 with some tutorial sessions, and proceeds all day on Tuesday and Wednesday in “open space” style. It should be a worthy successor to the Identity Gang’s inaugural session last year in Berkeley, which CommerceNet also helped support. Come join us — there are still slots available for registration, on a sliding scale from $75 (Student) to $250 (Commercial)…

January 10, 2006

A New Year’s Gift: Come One, Come All!

Announcements, Lab News By: ams

To ring in a successful 2006 for microformats, and structured blogging in general, CommerceNet is sponsoring the 10 January meeting of SDForum’s Emerging Technology SIG in Palo Alto — free admission & pizza for all!

There’s more details on their website and the microformats.org website, and ours, but the bottom line is, we hope you can come on down and learn about this technology and check out the latest demos for finding, sharing, indexing, and programing with microformats.

December 17, 2005

AI Meets Web 2.0

Announcements, Lab News By: ams

Announcing CommerceNet Labs Technical Report CN-TR-05-07, AI Meets Web 2.0: Building the Web of Tomorrow, Today (PDF, 4MB), with reformatted illustrations and hyperlinks. This paper puts Marty Tenenbaum’s Semantic Web 2.0 presentation from July into an updated article-friendly format. It’s the perfect paper for end-of-the-year musing about the Web circa 2005 and it makes a great starting point for thinking about what the next five to ten years of the Web will bring.