Aside from testing the heck out of everything, it also means cleaning up loose ends, deciding what we’re ready to show, and figuring out how to introduce both users and especially developers to our work in a smooth way, leaving them enthusiastic about what they’ve seen.
At Jolocom, we’re part of a community researching and building towards a web in which our digital rights are respected. Where we can easily do what we want, while not giving up control over our own data in exchange for the convenience we get in return. We’ve seen many projects contribute to this vision, and our place now is to create something that’s not only innovative, but easy for users to understand, while providing developers with a frictionless integration path to creating awesome stuff that respects the privacy of their users.
Your single sign on
As the first step in achieving this, we’re finishing up functionality that allows you to create your own identity with details in it that services you might want to use commonly ask for, and a single sign on that allows you to access services using your digital identity, just like you can now use your Facebook or Google account with different websites.
The first difference with existing solutions is that you decide what data to share with whom; you are the sole owner of your data in control over the gates. The other difference is that you can choose to store more data in your identity, like the address you’d like things delivered to when you buy things, or your passport details verified by trusted parties you can use to easily open a bank account online or check in to flights.
This means that instead of entering the same things like your e-mail, phone, addresses, etc. whenever you try out something new, you just store these things one time in your identity, and use them everywhere you like with one click. As a bonus, whenever you change something about your identity, like your phone number, whoever needs to know these things about you automatically gets informed. And of course, you can see at all time who you shared your data with, and revoke access to it.
To realize the vision of a decentralized web however, this is just a tip of the iceberg of the problems that need to be solved. Aside from creating technology to manage your own identity, we also need to think about how businesses can use these technologies giving them the same or better possibilities than centralized technologies, and how they can build new business models on top of them. As every startup, we have loads of ideas, which we have to prioritize wisely to face the reality of being a small team, however awesome we might be. This is why we’re eager to get feedback from users, developers and businesses, to together get a clearer picture of where to go from here, and which problems to solve first.
That being said, we would be happy to hear from you! Leave us a thought in the comments below, or drop us a line to get access to our alpha release.