The internet can be defined as consisting of a "multi-space" of how (and whether) users can view (V), submit (S) or modify (M) information on a web site.
The level of "access" to each of these attributes (VSM) can be defined as follows:
- owner - the person or organisation that has set up the web pages. They have full viewing, submission and modification rights. This can be labled 0 for each attribute.
- inner - the "inner group" of users that have been directly authorised to view, and/or submit to and/or modify private sections of a site. For each attribute this direct authorisation can be labled: 1
- outer - "friends of friends" - two degrees of separation from the owner. For each attribute this indirect authorisation can be labled: 2
- public - any internet user. For each attribute this indirect authorisation is labled: n - (for infinity)
For simplicity only four classes of users are discussed. There could, however, be as many layers as required, although I suspect that at four or five degrees of separation this is effectively public!
Fig 1: Graphical representation of the "logical" VSM space on the internet
A numerical VSM "code" can then be used to classify each type of "page" on the internet:
Type of web space
## VSMType 1 n00Traditional open access website 2 200Subscription web site - view information 3 100Intranet - information only 4 000Private site - personal info or private journal 5 n10Invitation only forum/blog, but viewable by public 6 210Invitation only forum, but viewable by registered users 7 110Guest book on password protected site (bright) 8 010Link to n10,210, or 110 - only viewable on owners site by owner 9 n20Registration required before submission 10220Registration required before submission - only viewable by registered users 11120Link shared by inner group to outer group forum 12020Link to n20, 220 or 120 - only viewable on owners site by owner 13nn0Guest book on web site 142n0Link shared by outer group to public forum 151n0Link shared by inner group to public forum 160n0Email 17n11Club info site that club members can modify, but viewable by public 18211Club info site that club members can modify, but viewable by people with related interests 19111Club info site that only club members can modify & view 20n21Club info site that club members can modify, but registered users can submit material, viewable by public 21221Club info site that club members can modify, but registered users can submit material, viewable by registered users 22121Link shared by inner group to outer group forum 23nn1Club info site that club members can modify, links to info from public sites, public can view 242n1Club info site that club members can modify, links to info from public sites, registered users can view 251n1Club info site that club members can modify, links to info from public sites, club/inner only can view OR "Group mail" 26n22Registered users can submit and modify information, viewable by public 27222Registered users can submit and modify information, viewable by other registered users 28nn2Public can submit information, registered users can modify, viewable by public 292n2Registered users can modify information on site that comes from other public sites, viewable by other registered users 30nnnPublic can submit, modify, and view information
Examples of different VSMs:
#VSM 3 100Company intranet site 4 000Private online journal 6 210 7 110 8 010 10220Dating sites 11120 12020 13nn0 142n0 151n0 18211 19111 20n21 21221 22121 23nn1 242n1 251n1 26n22 27222 28nn2 292n2 Excel spreadsheet that "maps" the three planes of the matrix. Given a suitably secure form of logging onto the internet a user would need only one password to access their own "web portal" that then gives them access to all their private or restricted web sites: e.g. Joe Bloggs. They would become the center of their own web universe - a CenterVerse.