About the thinking behind Consento and how it is supporting the plan to stay in control of data we need to stay in control.
Giving up responsibility is comfortable. We know this because giving up the responsibility of making good backups, structuring our data and publishing articles responsibly is something we gladly hand off to online platforms.
There are many common "best practices" how to minimize the exploitation of your data by big companies: Have multiple e-Mail addresses, use a password manager, don't share too much on social media etc. But this feels like a drop in the ocean. You still need to accept the rules of the system and hope not to get caught.
But how could a better system look like? How comfortable and powerful does a system need to be for us to maintain autonomy? We have been asking thinking and tinkering around these questions for more than a year and have received support from the NGI Ledger program a half a year ahead of our current, global challenges.
Here is the set of important requirements we identified:
Under the name of Consento, we started with a mobile application that exchanges consent requests through a completely private network with anonymized identities. You can take it for a test-ride by downloading our latest release.
As a team, we started to work on this issue with Georepublic being the primary entity. We hope that now, as we are getting to something more concrete, others will join our effort and help us make it a reality. → https://github.com/consento-org
As a society, we are not at a place where we as individuals can take on our "data-responsibility" yet. That's why we aim to raise awareness for this topic and also reach out to non-tech-savvy people, because the issues we want to solve concern everyone!
While the topics of the NGI Leder program are broadly spread, many of our sibling projects work on complementary goals: Cobox has been building the software infrastructure that allows us to exchange content. Iuvia has been working on a hardware one-fits-all solution that can be used as a server in house, building with similar building blocks, both necessary to take control over data storage sovereignty (read more in Jaya's post). oneHealth works on a responsible collection of medical data (think Fitbit; but also doctors offices) and Worldbrain's Memex is moving browsing information to a decentralized place.
If you can take this as an opportunity to support all of us by sharing our work, asking us questions or contributing to our efforts, that would make our day.
Thank you for reading.