What the Smart Grid Can Learn From Facebook Connect

Federating energy-saving applications could provide more secure privacy for consumers than aggregating them in the data flood that impends

As social media has exploded, Web startups that build social applications are offering users ways to manage the proliferation. Some, such as FriendFeed, provide a central place for users to aggregate different services while others, like Facebook Connect, offer tools for federation—a single way to access them all. But the dilemma over whether it's better to aggregate or federate isn't confined to social media. Companies building out the smart grid and related infrastructure technologies are beginning to grapple with this question, too.

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