Turnitin and Translucency

The ever-intriguing Jon Udell has just posted an explanation of how the use of a cryptographic database technique called translucency could address concerns about personal privacy. I reviewed Wayner’s book on translucent databases for Doctor Dobb’s Journal back in 2003; as Udell says, the techniques are “…as yet poorly understood and rarely applied, [but] the principle of translucent data management can help us defuse the ticking time bombs that many Internet services are becoming.”