digi.me, the personal data software company, has launched the Internet of Me forum , an initiative that aims to gather and publish information and opinion related to technologies, policies, industries and companies aiming to put people at the centre of their connected lives and back in control of their data.
With each of us creating ever-greater amounts of data about ourselves each and every day, what happens to that data and – crucially – who controls it has never been more important.
Wearable tech and connected devices will continue to grow and multiply, adding ease and convenience to our lives and combining to offer us tremendous benefit and insight, especially when brought together to form a complete picture of our lives.
This rich data store can – and should be – a catalyst for innovation and growth, but digi.me believes that the only way to realise the full potential of the personal data economy is for a fundamental shift in control over this information back to the individual.
This is where the Internet of Me comes in – the natural next step that puts individuals at the centre of their connected world, in control of their data, enabling them to see it, use it and share it on their terms for convenience, services and reward.
Digi.me’s social media app, which has already been used by over 300,000 people in 140 countries, lets users gather information from all their social media accounts and hold that data on their hard drive or in their personal cloud, ready to enjoy and explore as they choose. Digi.me is the enabler in this, and does not see or have access to any personal data at any stage of the process.
Next year, our app will offer users the chance to combine other personal information streams such as health and financial data. Users, if they choose, will then be able to give permission to companies to access it in exchange for personalised benefits. This unique approach that combines both privacy of information and exchange of personal data will enable a better and deeper relationship between users and companies for the benefit of both.
Apps and services such as digi.me will increase trust between those who create the data and those who wish to use it, as well as naturally resolving most of the current issues surrounding data privacy and security online.
But while we are excited to be a key component of this new technological advance, we know the Internet of Me is so much more than just us, which is why we are sponsoring a forum to explore and promote the different approaches and solutions surrounding personal data in the hopes of greater benefits and associated technological advances for all.
In doing so, we want to bring other voices into the conversation You can find our thoughts so far here – www.Internetofme.info – and we welcome all comments, suggestions and discussion.
As the Internet of Things looks to change how we interact with the world around us, the Internet of Me will put us at the very centre and in control of our connected life.
We look forward to exploring and developing its potential with you.
*digi.me is a sponsor of the Personal Information Economy 2015 event in London on December 8 and our founder Julian Ranger will be giving a keynote speech. Do come and see our stand if you’re there, or follow hot topics and subjects of interest on the event hashtag #pie2015.