One of the more interesting panels that I saw was on federated social networks. The contrast was made between centralized social networks (mostly Facebook) and the prospects for federated networks - decentralized approaches that would ultimately result in everyone having their own website where they could curate and control their own content while allowing it to be shared as they saw fit. The idea is to start using federated approaches to sharing information. Among the tools and projects mentioned were:
Each of these seems worth investigating for numerous reasons. Some of them provide alternative ways of sharing information via the large social networks (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) while retaining more control of your own information. One of the particular issues that we might consider is how we would use these kinds of federated tools and protocols to allow data from EdNode to interact with data from other social networks.