the Importance of
TCii's Demonstration of Distributed Internet Authorization
Roy D. Follendore III
(c) 1998 RDFollendoreIII
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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
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.