Monday, December 1, 2008

Collaboration vs privacy

I've been interested leveraging social media in desktop design applications for a while now. Designers of all kinds spend more and more time collaborating with teams located in different offices and different time zones but it’s more than that. As can be seen with the introduction of Agile, more and more people know that work gets done better and faster when collaboration is built into the process.

One thing I that concerns me about using social media in corporate-funded design processes was privacy: would a company be willing to put proprietary data on the cloud to increase efficiency?

It looks like people – at least some students at MIT – are willing to trade privacy for an increase in collaboration. Is it fair to assume that companies will eventually move that direction as well?

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