Profiles - General Discussion

Paul Jimenez pj at
Tue Jan 30 22:59:09 CET 2007

On Tuesday, Jan 30, 2007, Rodolphe Ortalo writes:
>Le lundi 29 janvier 2007 =C3=A0 18:20 -0700, Joe Pfeiffer a =C3=A9crit :
>> More musings...
>> Hmmm....  a profile is really an access rights matrix:  depending on a
>> variety of things=20
>I tend to agree. Furthermore, I've already seen some serious research
>work demonstrating that users (normal users, not technophile) do accept
>to do a pretty high level of access control management if it can be done
>step by step. (In fact, the benefits they find in simple access control
>leads them to refine access control furthermore and, after a few
>iteration, such users end up defining pretty complex rules very
>What is probably difficult at the UI level is to provide such an
>incremental behaviour. Maybe we could try some simple "by demonstration"
>approaches such as: when a phone call arrives you can: ignore the call,
>answer the call, put the caller in some group. (With a few predefined
>groups like: work, family, to-ignore and some default behavior for
>these.) This should encourage users to define more (user-specific)
>groups, then rules for these groups, etc.
>Well, anyway, it would be nice if the mobile was able to manage 80% of
>the incoming calls itself no? ("I'll call you back at 15h30 for meeting
>report", "I'll call you back at 16h", "Call me back at 16h30", "No he
>won't forget to pick up Th=C3=A9o at school on time and yes his Neo will
>remember him to buy some bread afterwards" ;-)

One approach to this is what browsers have done:  "This page is insecure and etc!  Always Allow / Allow Once / Disallow Once / Always Disallow" which in effect defines security as you go along.


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