Update- Rita Matz, Silver Medalist
By suncpo on Aug 10, 2009
Mrs. Matz took Silver in both the shot put & discus for the 70- 74 women's category in the 2009 National Senior Games this past weekend!! That she was over 70 & there was incredible. That she was only surpassed by new National Record holders was impressive. That hundreds of fellow Olympians were also there COMPETING was inspirational.
The men's 80-84 age group 400 meter race was during the discus finals & I tell you what, these gentlemen not only could kick my sorry butt but one of them even gave me a victory wave & wink. Sassy!!
Now, what does this have to do with Cloud Computing? Well the whole experience got me thinking about identity management within Clouds. Grouped together were like kind time, place, activity shared history, intentionality and proclivity to excellence. If you took a snapshot of National Games' data, you would learn a host of information about health, lifestyles, longevity and Olympic history amongst other things. (One of the track stars one competed against the great Wilma Rudolf. See http://www.myhero.com/myhero/hero.asp?hero=wilmaRudolph) In other words, you would have a good idea of context for a limited period of time and in a limited setting.
Here's where my -- stretched -- cloud thinking comes into play. Given the rather large data set based upon the Senior Games, many many valuable inferences can be made. Many personally identifiable details have been offered up by participants either because they are known to be excellent, as in the case of our medalist's name and status as a winner, or are a part of organizing the event itself, the athletes were all in California for their events & not at home, for example.
Stored in other, sometimes overlapping information clouds (small C as we're not really talking IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS here, just conceptual formations) are the elements of PII related to these specific humans but out of context regarding their significant sports' achievement-- religion, hobbies, professional lives, family designations, etc. These elements are lost in this contextual discussion UNLESS there is an identifier that inter operates across these various clouds to paint a very specific picture of a human for a very specific period of time. (Time is so often NOT mentioned in the talk of cloud governance & privacy management that I feel compelled to drag it back into the picture as often as needed.) It is this correlation cross cloud that poses, I think, one of the great governance challenges in the cloud world where information is virtualized across many data centers and the fiduciary is only capable of controlling his or her bit.
The challenge of triangulation of data has, of course existed for as long as we have had various entities knowing various details about us, but automation and decentralization make this particular governance challenge all the more urgent.
In any event, GO RITA & Coach SUZANNE!!! Just being near you inspires me to work on being a better person even if I never earn a silver medal.
Just a thought & a cheer for a Monday...