‘Our lives are a string of experiences. Experiences with people and experiences with things. And we, as designers — as the people who craft experiences — we have a profound responsibility to make every experience as beautiful, as comfortable, as painless, as empowering, and as delightful as possible.’
To protect our privacy, civil liberties, and human rights in the age of corporate surveillance, we must empower regular people to own their own tools and data. To do this, we must create beautiful, independent, consumer products.
This is a revolutionary new category of experience-driven, freedom-protecting consumer technology. It is being created by a new breed of design-led independent organisations.
Be Democracy. I’m the guest editor for the Nobel Peace Center’s Be Democracy exhibit this week. Follow along at @BeDemocracy.
How Web 2.0 killed the Internet. We were told that Open APIs from companies like Facebook and Twitter would make the web a better, more open place. They’ve had the opposite effect. Find out why that’s not a surprising outcome given that they were never created for that purpose to begin with.
Indie Tech Manifesto Independent Technologies are beautiful and easy-to-use consumer products that are free & open. They help protect our privacy and other fundamental freedoms.
Towards an Indie Tech Manifesto On the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, these are some of my longform thoughts as I work towards formulating a manifesto for Indie Technology. Indie Technology is the heir to both the free software and open source movements. It is the antidote for the erosion of our fundamental freedoms in the post-Snowden era by companies like Google and Facebook that espouse the business model of corporate surveillance. (15 minute read.)
RightsCon or a right con? Are folks in Silicon Valley genuinely ignorant of the relationship between corporate surveillance and government surveillance? Or is it wilful ignorance? Or is this just a textbook example of institutional corruption at work? Are the organisers of RightsCon actively supporting the whitewashing of a business model (monetising data/corporate surveillance) that is directly responsible for the dragnet government surveillance that we’ve been alerted to by Edward Snowden? Corporations like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft are painting themselves as the victims when they are every bit the perpetrators and it appears that some of us are buying into their story hook, line, and sinker. (9 minute read.)
Let’s build a care.data that actually cares about your data. NHS England’s care.data programme can be implemented in a way that respects privacy and the right of people to own their own data. In this article, written in response to Ben Goldacre’s piece in The Guardian, I outline three indie data principles that any such implementation must satisfy. (5 minute read.)
2014: The Rise of Indie Tech The post-Snowden world is not necessarily all doom-and-gloom as people around the world — including myself — are working to redecentralise the web and create a new breed of independent technologies. (7 minute read.)
The missing quadrant of consumer technology. Experience‐driven Open (XO) is the missing quadrant of consumer technology. It is essential that we start building products that fall under this category of technology if we want to craft a future society where individuals own their digital selves. (1 minute read.)
Trickle‐down technology and why it doesn’t work. Just as the unprecedented global wealth gap between the super rich and everyone else proves that trickle‐down economics doesn’t work, the glaring lack of open source adoption in the consumer space indicates that trickle‐down technology isn’t working either. (7 minute read.)
Indie Data is a movement to create, support, and popularise products that empower you to own digital self; your data, tools, & profile. (4 minute read.)
Beware of geeks bearing gifts. First Google, and now Facebook, want to connect the world to the Internet. Surely, this can only be a good thing, right? (3 minute read.)
On owning your own data. Owning your own data is like owning your own home. Unfortunately, we live in a world where our only option is to rent from companies that snoop on us. Prometheus aims to change that. (4 minute read.)
Codename Prometheus is a new initiative to create an open platform that competes on user experience in the consumer space. (10 minute read.)