We build…

… a mobile application for everyone

to own their personal digital identity

for communicating, connecting and browsing

the web independently.


With our app people can tie information to their identity, regardless of where it is stored. People can secure the data, yet share it directly between peers in mightily flexible ways.

Information is exchanged peer-to-peer using links and clever access-right-management. Be it files, chat messages, sensor data or any other kind of data – it is managed and shared schemaless, decentralized and disrupting the need for data silos. We call this … Linking outside the box.

You guessed it. In order to achieve this, we are using technologies that have raised eyebrows in recent years. Including … the block chain.


Decentralization as a mean of empowerment – by Joachim Lohkamp

“To transform bureaucratic hierarchies into technology driven networks” (Fred Wilson). That is what the actors from the GETDecentralized community want to achieve. Their next meetings are in San Francisco and Paris. A full track will be dedicated to this topic at the next OuiShare Fest.

Discussing the hottest topics of the decentralized web at GETD – by Alex Corbi

„If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” is a more than adequate motto chosen by GETD‘s organisers to give character to this event, a conference aiming to explore the status, possibilities and challenges of the decentralized web. In its first edition, GETD took place between the 17th and 19th of September in the amazing Agora Collective space in Berlin-Neukölln. 

Fab10 – Bruce Sterling

Bruce offered a detailed overview of the many layers and intricate relationships and alliances which are resulting into co-dependencies of the smart city movement led by technology companies. Bruce sees the ethical and political challenges ahead.

P2P-ARCHITECTURE – by Joachim Lohkamp

My friend Henrik Hörlin shared an article about a very interesting art installation. I instantly thought that this installation is a great 3D metaphor for the P2P network we are working on here at Jolocom. These are my thoughts.

THE SERENDIPITY MACHINE – reviewed by Joachim Lohkamp

When I stumbled upon a post of The Serendipity Machine from my friend Bert-Ola Bergstrand on facebook I instantaneously downloaded the book and started reading. There was an intuitive hunch that I couldn’t resist. I read the whole book this same morning and now know it was worth every page of reading. The book provides a great description of social capital dynamics in meshed networks…


“From a very early age, we are taught to break apart problems, to fragment the world. This apparently makes complex tasks and subjects more manageable, but we pay a hidden, enormous price. We can no longer see the consequences of our actions; we lose our intrinsic sense of connection to a larger whole.

When we then try to ‘see the big picture,’ we try to reassemble the fragments in our minds, to list and organize all the pieces. But, as physicist David Bohm says, the task is futile–similar to trying to reassemble the fragments of a broken mirror to see a true reflection. Thus, after a while we give up trying to see the whole altogether.”

ALONE TOGETHER: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other – by Sherry Turkle

As the digital age sparks increasing debate about what new technologies and increased connectivity are doing to our brains, comes this chilling examination of what our iPods and iPads are doing to our relationships from MIT professor Turkle (Simulation and Its Discontents). In this third in a trilogy that explores the relationship between humans and technology, Turkle argues that people are increasingly functioning without face-to-face contact.


Interaction Design (IxD) Matrix

Successful interaction design involves balancing a variety of concerns using a variety of methods or representations. These are not suggested as stages in a design process but as framework for checking to see that the proper concerns have been addressed. (Bill Verplank)

Source: Interactive Communications Design by Bill Verplank

Visual Sense is dominant

Vision is our most dominant sense – taking up 50% of our brain’s resources. Data visualization expert David McCandless explains:
“This is your senses, pouring into your senses every second. Your sense of sight is the fastest. It has the same bandwidth as a computer network. Then you have touch, which is about the speed of a USB key. And then you have hearing and smell, which has the throughput of a hard disk. And then you have poor old taste, which is like barely the throughput of a pocket calculator. And that little square in the corner, a naught 0.7 percent, that’s the amount we’re actually aware of.”

Source: Information is beautiful

What makes good Information Design?

Information design specifically addresses concerns of data overload and meaningfulness by visually representing data in simplified, coherent, beautiful manners. Unifying complex information with intuitive graphic design is becoming an increasingly popular trend. When done well, infographics connect the complex details contextually in easily understandable ways. They paint better pictures and tell bigger stories.

David McCandless says: “… these seem like the key components of a good infographic / data visualisation / piece of information design. Information needs to be interesting (meaningful & relevant) and have integrity (accuracy, consistency). Design needs to have form (beauty & structure) and function (it has to work and be easy to use).

You may disagree. I welcome your input. I may not have got it right. Something surprised me about doing this though. In information design, it seems, if you have just two elements, you get something tolerable and cool. i.e.

integrity + form = eye candy
interestingness + function = experiment
(I’m not entirely sure about these combos)

But if you combine three elements without the fourth, things suddenly FAIL:
interesting subject, solid information, looks great, but is hard to use = useless.
amazing data, well designed, very easy to read but isn’t that interesting = boring”

Source: Information is beautiful









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Jolcom UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
c/o Agora
12053 Berlin
info (at) jolocom . com

CEO (Geschäftsführer)
Christian Hildebrand


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