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The Importance of TCii's Distributed Internet Knowledge Services

By Roy D. Follendore III

Copyright (c) 1998 RDFollendoreIII


The meaning of information changes as it is distributed by virtue of receiver perspective and environment. The potential of using the Internet to distribute diversified views of meaning changes the way that we may want to publish information. It is now possible to carefully coordinate the impact of meaning with organizational objectives across vast and complex human dimensions.  If properly constrained this can be an excellent bureaucratic tool to improve organizational performance.  

Today some people use the word bureaucracy to describe an organization that is unable to make quick decisions.  The fact is that the concept of the bureaucracy revolutionized the ability of people within organizations to make qualified and accurate independent decisions and brought on the age of the specialist.  Max Webber, the German researcher who encapsulated the concept of bureaucracies understood that information flow could be directed to improve organizational performance.  Organizational bureaucracy is one means of minimizing the influence of politics and of insuring the opportunities for nonpartisan decision-making. Todayís organizations could not operate within this world of complex transactions without a compartmentation of duties and authorities providing clear knowledge of gatekeepers their roles and their decisions.

As part of itís basic principal, the founder of the concept of the bureaucracy, Max Webber, originally conceived of the concept of bureaucracies to accommodate objective departmental role based authorization processes.  This ability to deliver incremental authorization to transact information provided the means to deliver the granular authority to take action.  This reduces much of the risk that is associated with authorizations of formal authority. A technical extension of this powerful concept of authorization means that those in an authority position can magnify personal control within a more distributed fashion.  The Internet offers one such means.   

The Internet was originally engineered to accommodate individual people receiving information from individual published sources.  Because of this the Internet is hierarchical in nature, as is the authority of information distribution. One problem is that this results in a tendency that the same information being distributed to everyone regardless of his or her position, and regardless of his or her need to know.  There have been approaches for resolving this issue but in the past they all have held onto a conventional conceptualization of the communication environment and conventional concepts of technical control.

 A new paradigm for electronic publishing is now on our horizon.  Instead of going to a single Web server and seeing the same information as everyone else, it is now possible to see information that only you can see, and to see only the information that you need to see.  Instead of accessing one Web server, it is now possible to access a multitude of Web servers at one time and generate on the fly only the associated information you want to see, and only the information you need to see.

 At TCii we have proven that the implementation of dedicated role based virtual private network information sources, controlled by a new cryptographic means can provide important new capabilities. In this case, the concept of a virtual private network does not mean that individual links between the source of the information and the user are simply isolated.  (A simple link protected by cryptographic means provides this capability.) The concept of the virtual private network also does not mean a one-to-one correspondence between an individual server and the user view of information requested.  Obviously thought of in this way, virtual private networks can contain much more powerful degrees of freedom than has hereto been previously available and you will find that it is worth your while in considering what that can mean.

Consider the potential of fifteen servers containing a vast array of information for which individual employees are constantly being authorized; dynamically accessed simultaneously; where the information is compiled into appropriate Web pages and presented to the user dynamically and uniquely.  As any information changes on any one of the servers the incremental changes are represented and authorized in real-time.  As new information arrives, the information appears and all information presented to the end-user is a authenticated and secure.  Individual users always have unique views of their information and more importantly the powerful association of context information to other information. 

In this way entire organizations of people can have differing views of information at their fingertips; information, which meet their specific individual operational requirements.  At the same time, individual users are able to publish associated information according to context and environment with others so that such information arrives to others who are qualified.  Organizational leaders can also calibrate the system, balancing necessary transaction qualifications for authorization to fit overall and individual needs while managing the process of electronic information flow in many dimensions. 

Transaction Control International, Inc. now has the technical ability to demonstrate this level of control.  Individual paragraphs, graphics and/or even individual fragments of words can now be be securely authorized.  Five users using this same server and the same Web page can be presented very different kinds of information.  The ability to compartment information to this degree and with such granularity has never been demonstrated over the Internet by any other system.

So as this next millennium begins we are once again about to change the way that we transact the meaning of concepts across distances.  The power to deliver electronic information and a way that accommodates role based incremental authorization means that does an authority position can magnify their role geometrically.  The revolution that occurred over the last 100 years with the compartmentation of information and decisions within organizations is again poised to take place within our World Wide Web and once again it will change society.  This time the communication that now runs across the grain of culture is linked at the speed of light.

Internet technology is not the panacea for every problem.  A lot of hard work and effort will be required to make this capability a useful reality.  But the new dimensions that this new technology now offers opens up new vistas for how we can interact as a society.




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