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Digi.me’s Julian Ranger elected to MEF global board

Julian Ranger, the founder and executive chairman of digi.me, has been elected to the global board of Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF).

Digi.me is already a full member of the global trade body, and Julian has been working closely with MEF as part of the Consumer Trust working group to enable businesses to successfully take advantage of the transition to personal ownership of data.

As part of this, he has contributed to a major submission to the EU’s Horizon 2020 funding which would allow MEF to undertake trials and research, as well as introduced MEF to potential strategic partners and promoted its work to key personal data innovators.

He said: “I am delighted and privileged to be elected to Global Board of MEF, where I will be particularly supporting the MEF’s Trust and Personal Data initiatives and helping to develop interoperability requirements.

“As privacy becomes ever more a focus, especially with new laws such as GDPR, there is a strong belief that this presents an opportunity to businesses that embrace change with Trust rather than being a bar on business.”

In his election submission, Julian promised to focus on ensuring that MEF’s Consumer Trust initiative develops as the ‘doers group’ vis-à-vis other industry efforts – delivering value to members whilst addressing industry imperatives around research, interoperability and new use cases.

He also looks forward to supporting the Executive with dedicated introductions and business ideas to identify investment and partners to support these crucial activities.

digi.me announced as finalists in the Meffys Awards 2016

Digi.me is delighted to announced that we have been shortlisted in the Consumer Trust category for this year’s Meffy Awards.

We’re one of six finalists in this category at the awards, which are run by the Mobile Ecosystem Forum and which will be judged at a sparkling event in London on December 1 as part of MEF London Week.

With record entries from 30 countries for the nine award categories in this, the 13th year of the Meffy awards, we’re delighted to have made the cut.

Digi.me through to finals of Pitch@Palace 6.0!

Here at digi.me, we’re delighted to be able to tell you that we’re one of the finalists in the Duke of York’s Pitch@Palace 6.0.

Our founder and executive chairman, Julian Ranger, will attend Boot Camp at the Harwell Space Campus in Oxfordshire with the other finalists this Friday.

There, a panel of judges will choose up to 15 companies to actually pitch at the grand final, on November 2 at St James’s Palace in London, although all finalists will attend.

Excitingly, in addition to the main pitching spots, there is also a People’s Choice award up for grabs – and each finalist will make a one-minute video encouraging people to vote for them.

We look forward to sharing ours with you as soon as it’s ready (likely to be October 17) – so get those voting fingers ready!

Digi.me founder joins Kantara Initiative board to further global personal data vision

Julian Ranger, the founder and executive chairman of digi.me, has been invited to join the board of global identity experts Kantara Initiative.

As the personal data economy continues to grow apace, companies industry-wide are looking to Kantara to forge the best possible community framework to encourage sustained innovation and growth for all.

With its recent £5.3m Series A raise digi.me, which will also join the organisation, and Julian are expertly placed to add to and develop the innovation already present.

Kantara has made a name for itself as a hub for inventors, thinkers and innovators thanks to its can-do attitude and proven ability to construct solutions to complex data and privacy problems. This includes the Consent Receipt specification, designed to turn on its head the traditional business and consumer relationship and put the user back in control.

Digi.me also has a proven record in finding innovative technical solutions to personal data and privacy problems, and will imminently release a consented sharing Permission Access platform, which will allow users to gather together all their health and financial details and share them, if they wish, with businesses in exchange for personalised benefits.

Julian, the creator of STASYS’ iSMART process, the de facto standard for military communications interoperability worldwide, said: “Ecosystems grow faster when systems can interoperate and businesses are more likely to be used by other businesses if their solutions do not lock users in.

“As one of the most well funded personal data start-ups strongly committed to interoperability, which Kantara has a strong track record in, we are happy to do so on behalf of the whole ecosystem and not just digi.me. After all as the ecosystem grows, so will opportunities for us.”

“We are delighted to welcome Julian and digi.me on board,” said Allan Foster, president, Kantara Initiative.  “Julian’s expertise and experience will prove invaluable to Kantara’s mission to develop innovative initiatives to drive the digital identity transformation.  Personal data is an important element of this transformation.”

Colin Wallis, executive director, Kantara Initiative, added, “Everyone in the personal data arena knows that serious innovation is needed – and quickly.  We need to continue moving forward toward standards development, specifications and taxonomies – the fuel that will drive this new community. We look forward to Julian and digi.me helping make that happen.”

Julian will join a truly global board, with members from the US, Canada and Japan, over half of which reside outside the US.

 

digi.me raises £4.2M ($6.1m) in Series A funding round

Digi.me, the pioneering start-up revolutionising how consumers and businesses harness the power of personal data, has secured £4.2m ($6.1m) from Series A funding led by global re-insurer Swiss Re.

With the new funds digi.me will accelerate the development and launch of its unique permissioned access platform, which will soon let users bring together wide-ranging data such as health and financial information and share it – if they wish – with businesses in exchange for personalised services, convenience or reward.

Businesses who are granted access to this 100% accurate, rich and deep personal data can develop truly personalised services for their users. Digi.me’s approach delivers a true win-win proposition, enabling a value exchange that is transparent and mutually beneficial, increasing consumer trust as well as opportunities for innovation.

Digi.me founder and chairman Julian Ranger said: “This is a watershed moment for digi.me. Following our extensive work and innovation in the concept of each of us truly owning and controlling our own personal data, this investment enables us to make the Internet of Me available to everyone, consumers and businesses alike.

“This concept, which is better for the individual and also better for businesses who can access rich data with full user permission, while meeting all new data protection rules such as the GDPR, will allow digi.me to accelerate its activities with a number of multi-national companies who we are already working with, and bring further major businesses into our new ecosystem.”

Daniel Ryan, Head of Digital Analytics Catalysts at Swiss Re, said: “People want to be in control of their data, and many have strong views over what they are willing to share and what they want to keep private.  We’re excited about digi.me because it will enable people to go one step further, and provide full transparency over how they can use their data to access services and benefits.”

Digi.me’s current version of the app, which gathers pictures and posts from the major social media networks, already has over 400,000 users in 140 countries. It proved that aggregating personal data streams to bring them to life achieves greater value and personal insight that is impossible to get when that data is scattered across the web.

With the digi.me app, users have their online life at their fingertips with tools including universal search across all platforms, daily flashbacks, the ability to create custom collections of content, data export and more. Soon, it will be possible for users to add their financial and health information. Other streams of personal data will be added in the future.

Digi.me’s unique approach and technology also guarantees that all user data remains wholly private to the individual. Digi.me doesn’t see, touch nor hold any of the personal data downloaded by the user. The app, now available on PC, Mac, iOS and Android, simply aggregates, normalises, indexes and encrypts the data allowing it to be searched, presented and shared in ways that were impossible until now.

The successful Series A funding builds on a very strong period of growth and influence for digi.me. The last 12 months saw the announcements of its partnerships with Toshiba, Lenovo and Evernote and the appointment of Jim Pasquale as Executive Vice President North America as part of its international expansion plans. The company also attracted prestigious members to its advisory board including internet visionaries Doc Searls and Gordon Bell, as well as industry leaders Rafael Marin, Stephanie Liston and Guy Whittaker.

Digi.me, which has now raised £7.1m ($10.2m) since launching in 2009, has huge ambitions and is working on projects with world-leading businesses in the health, finance, FMCG and telco sectors. It is also on course to set up a ‘living lab’ that will be announced later this year.

Digi.me is available on desktop for PC and Mac https://digi.me/download-trial and for mobile on iOS and Android http://try.digi.me/

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digi.me now available for free on iOS and Android

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We are delighted to announce that a digi.me app is now available on the Apple App Store so everyone can see, search, save and share all their social media pictures and pins on the move.

digi.me has brought the best of its desktop application available on PC and Mac to mobile, so you can see all your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and Pinterest pictures and pins you’ve posted and liked in one place.

The digi.me app automatically shows you all your content, which you can browse through at leisure. It also features improved search as well as filtering functions so you can narrow down what you look for by keyword, platform post and type, person, time period, album, board or a combination of these.

When you have found what you are looking for or you have re-discovered a forgotten gem, one Swipe helps you save it to your device, send it in a message or email, see it in its original location, complete with likes and comments.  You can also save your favourite searches to come back to quickly and easily to the content or topics you are regularly looking for.

“The team have worked hard to make sure you get to the photo you’re looking for as quickly as you can think of it. We’ve had a lot of fun building, optimising and using the app and hope that is reflected in your day to day use”, said Pascal Wheeler, digi.me Chief Creative Officer.

“We’ve created widgets for Flashback, your posts, your likes, and photos you’re tagged in – and more are in development, so stay tuned!”

As with the digi.me desktop version, all user data remains wholly private as digi.me doesn’t see, touch or hold any of your information, which you download directly to your device or your personal cloud that only you have access to.

An Android version of the App has also been launched and can be downloaded here.

Digi.me is pleased to announce that we continue to have Instagram’s support 🎉

On June 1st Instagram will cut off access to its feed API. This is how apps help you access your content outside of Instagram. We are pleased that Instagram understands the importance of its users having ongoing access to their photos and are very pleased to be among a select group of developers granted access to its new API.

This means you’ll continue to be able to search, view, download and share photos you’ve posted to Instagram ⛰🎆👍.

If you’re using digi.me on Windows or Mac make sure you update to 7.1.5 before June 1st. If you don’t see an update prompt, download it directly from here.

iOS and Android apps should update themselves but again you can reinstall directly.

If you follow anyone with a private account you will notice that photos you’ve liked of theirs no longer show up in digi.me. This is a known issue with the new API and we’re hopeful it will be fixed real soon.

Desktop users also used to be able to see who followed or stopped following them. Unfortunately this function is no longer available.

Digi.me 7.1.5 for Windows and Mac

Digi.me for iOS

Digi.me for Android

digi.me is now on the Evernote app center!

In another success for our groundbreaking app, which unlocks the power of personal data for each and every user, you can now find us on the Evernote app center!

Not only that – we’re in the new and noteworthy section, with a lovely description of our app and what you can do with it – which obviously includes exporting to Evernote.

We often focus on what digi.me can do in terms of data, gathering information from your accounts across the major sites including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN and more, but export is one of our key features too.

You can use export – which can also be done to PDF as well – in pretty much any way you choose – and anywhere you see the PDF and Evernote elephant symbols.

While your collected social media history is a huge and wonderful thing, sometimes you want or need smaller groups of content, or even individual photos, that you can access any time you want them.

While your digi.me library is always available to you, exporting allows you to gather groups of content or favourite images in other places too.

If you want to export to Evernote, when you select your chosen items within digi.me you’re given the chance to give the finished note a title and select which of your existing notebooks it should go in, before it is created in seconds, complete with original likes and comments.

We think everyone should be using digi.me already, but if you needed just one more reason and export was that, then try our free download now!

 

 

Announcing the Internet of Me: an ideas forum for a technology revolution

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.

Why digi.me knows that Exporting is GREAT!

As the Government launches its Exporting is GREAT campaign to encourage 100,000 new UK exporters into the market by 2020, our founder Julian Ranger explains why having access to a worldwide market has been great for digi.me

Physical exports have been a way of life for centuries – the trading of things that one country didn’t have with another one that did, but these days digital exports are growing in popularity and digi.me is in the vanguard.

Here at digi.me, our ground-breaking app is helping thousands of people take back control of their personal information – but why should that be restricted to the UK?

We have an international team and believe firmly that our product has merit around the world – and our current stats, which show we export both physically and digitally to over 150 countries, with our app content localised in 11 languages, bear this out.

Of course, shipping overseas in any form has its challenges, but we’ve had (and continue to have) a lot of support from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and are getting a lot of help from a European embassy overseas at the moment for an ambitious country-wide project we’re hoping to run there.

Clearly, there are some obvious ground rules to follow – you need to be clear on what your product or service brings to your target market, and what marks you out from your competitors. Do your research on what an individual country needs, and then go from there.

My previous experience of selling to the US Air Force and US Navy gave me confidence to know that anything is possible, and we started exporting with digi.me digitally immediately from set-up, with direct exports to France and the US following afterwards.

Now Toshiba has joined forces with us to distribute our market-leading personal data software across Europe, North and Latin America, which sees them partnering and promoting us through their marketing and social media channels, as well as pre-installing our app in a number of laptops and tablets in the Latin America marketplace. We’re also in our third year with the FNAC security pack in France, so are becoming well known over there as well.

As for our future exporting plans, we hope to be able to announce that European project soon, as well as open a US office, with US locals, to explore possibilities for digi.me there.

So our advice to anyone wavering about joining the international market would be to get out there and do it – you really won’t regret it.

*Exporting is GREAT will run for five years and provide advice and expertise to support businesses at every step of the way, from initial interest to market. This will include the year-long EIG Roadshow that will travel the length and breadth of the country, reinforcing the campaign’s core messages, giving face-to-face assistance to first-time exporters and using the latest technology to connect these businesses with live export opportunities. Online help will be available via www.exportingisgreat.gov.uk