Personal API [...]

A long-standing contention of thinkers such as Phil Windley and Jon Udell has been that users should be given control of their own data. From out of this vision comes the idea of the Personal API — a set of affordances that would allow individuals granular and direct control of who has access to their data under what conditions, as well as allow individuals to hack their own data via visualizations, technology integrations, and other methods.

For an example of data hacking see the Quantified Self movement.

A related project is Domain of One’s Own which replaces institutional systems with student and faculty controlled homes on the web.

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