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Our Story

We Started Because We Want to Make the World A Better Place

Between 1997 and 2011, various academic institutions, collaborating with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), worked through many interrelated efforts to create policy, regulatory, and contractual control architectures for our shared data.  By 2011, Big Tech ended all of these efforts.

Our Medium Article post, Smart Data – A Brief Timeline of Intelligent Technology, covers the many unadopted standards in more detail.

While regulatory rights are essential, technology that protects those rights is a fundamental necessity. Our team has continued working on this problem for the last decade. We picked up where the Internet standards bodies left off, and we’ve discovered a simple and elegant solution.

We saw a growing opportunity to use new decentralized protocols, smart contracts, zero-knowledge proofs, and secure multiparty computation to propose a new non-profit and open-source backed effort to solve this existential human, technical, and social problem.

Thomas PainE – Rights of Man 1791

To secure our own freedom, we must also protect our enemies from oppression

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Creating the Standards for Digital Rights

We’re focusing on how humanity can control the technology around us by limiting the uses of our data, even after it’s been shared. This requires creating a global standard for attaching and enforcing agreements to our increasingly mobile data. 

If the pervasive automation of regulations, policies, licenses, and preferences impacts your business, we’d enjoy discussing how we can collaborate.