DNA, P2P, and Privacy

November 22, 2002

in COMsumers

Clay Shirky DNA, P2P, and Privacy proposes that:

“In the same way Kazaa has obviated the need for central storage or coordination for the world’s music, the use of DNA as an ID technology makes radically decentralized data integration possible. With the primary key problem solved, interoperability will arise as a side effect, neither mandated nor coordinated centrally”

Earlier in the piece:

“In this model, the single universal database never gets created, not because privacy advocates prevent it, but because it is no longer needed. If primary keys are issued by nature, rather than by each database acting alone, then there is no more need for central databases or advance coordination, because the contents of any two DNA-holding databases can be merged on demand in something close to real time.”

Thank you Clay very insightful.

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