Governments have mixed feelings about the transformation in data that is occurring. On the one hand, the opportunity to keep a closer eye on the marauding masses motivates them to require our data exhaust to be trapped and stored away – just in case they might like to look at it later on. And on the other, there is the opportunity to make our data open and accessible so that we can use it to drive all kinds of efficiences.

This week we can see both trends unfolding:

  • The UK’s midata initiative is stepping ever closer to enabling practical services – check out the 10 ways it can help at the UK govt’s BIS site.  I liked OUseful’s.Info exploration of what midata might mean and links to related issues. And Mydex has added their take too.
  • The Australian government’s exploration of new Data Retention laws have been causing a stir recently. It’s a sad reflection on the government that there is no comparable easy-to-navigate site to find out more – A ‘Back Pocket Brief’ prepared by the A-G’s department and released under Freedom Of Information is here and a speech by the Attorney-General on 5Sept here. Elsewhere Delimiter has kept tabs on the feedback from those in the know.

Also this week:

  • Understanding what ‘customer centric’ means – Customer Blog
  • SWIFT thinks that banks will be the hub of the Digital Asset Grid – the intention economy – American Banker
  • The state of Facebook e-commerce – TechCrunch
  • A nice infographic about what makes a good website – Bit Rebels
  • And Subscription Commerce gets some coverage – Viral Blog
All the links can be found at Bitly here…