So, after setting out to post on this blog at least every month I admit that I’ve been a little distracted over the summer. But it’s with good reason.
I’ve spent the last 6 months or so working up plans for my next start up project, citizenme.
Ownership of our digital identity – our ‘right to own our self’ is a huge and growing issue as our persona becomes connected, reflected and refracted through our use of mobiles, social networks and, soon, connected sensors and wearable devices. Harvesting, aggregating and selling of our collected identities has quickly become a multi-billion dollar business, all without our visibility, consent or control.
For me, this is the biggest issue that needs fixing for the Internet in the next few years. I’ve been tracking the area with a view to investing since selling my last start-up at the end of 2010 and so far no one has really set out to properly tackle the issue. I have the skills, knowledge and resources. So it’s now become my next project.