WHY NEW EU PRIVACY LAWS MATTER FOR ALL – by Joachim Lohkamp


When the EU legislation on data protection was put in place in 1995, the internet looked very different. While previously most data was stored on private or corporate computers, today much of our personal data is in the cloud, under the control of a third party platform or service providers, who are mostly based in Silicon Valley. Though social networks are certainly useful to stay in touch with friends and share information, storing personal data here also risks being used in ways that can have an economic and reputational impact.

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In response to this, the European commission has decided to pass the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). This new law intends to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals within the European Union (EU) while also addressing export of personal data outside the EU.

MORE THAN JUST TECH – by Joachim Lohkamp


“The problem is the dominance of one search engine, one big social network, one Twitter for microblogging. We don’t have a technology problem, we have a social problem.” (Tim Berners-Lee)

During the first Dezentralized Web Summit at the Internet Archive in San Francisco about 70 builders of the web convened to explore the technology required to build a ‘Decentralized Web’. Presenting various technologies such as blockchain, content-addressable and distributed storage, decentralized messaging and communication as well as self-sovereign digital identity, they discussed the decentralized future that could be just around the corner and which could restore the web’s original promise as a free and open network.

However, as tempting as it may be to think that technology could solve it all, and as promising as many of the concepts and protocols sounded, a looming question still remained: how will any of this work in real life?

“KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK” – Sir Tim Berners Lee


How does today’s web look like?

“It controls what people see, creates mechanisms for how people interact,” says Berners Lee. “It’s been great, but spying, blocking sites, repurposing people’s content, taking you to the wrong websites — that completely undermines the spirit of helping people create.”

Similar than the inventor of The Web also Jolocom wants to give power back to the users. Other than conventional platforms Jolocom decouples database, application and identity (user profile) from each other using decentralized technologies like Blockchain and Solid to help organize data in a strictly user-centric way.

With a multipurpose app Jolocom is putting personal data back in the control of the person it belongs to. Within the EU fundend project AGILE Jolocom provides the data sharing element that helps the Internet of Things (IoT) to be compliant with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).
During the Decentralized Web Summit in San Francisco we were very excited to present Jolocom and AGILE to Tim Burners Lee, Brewster Kahle and Nicolai Greco.

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What a moment to be invited into this special circle and to hear: “… Keep up the good work” from Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web. This certainly further stirred our motivation and commitment to help build a truly decentralized app in the spirit of an open web.

LOCKING THE WEB OPEN – by Jeremy Gillula and Noah Swartz


“The current Web is not private or censorship-free.” That matter-of-fact bug report provides the reason for the first ever Decentralized Web Summit, taking place this week at the Internet Archive in San Francisco. EFF is participating in the festivities, and whether you’re following along in person, on the live stream, or online, we hope these highlights can bring a bit more of the conversation to you.

The day started with a kickoff by Wendy Hanamura, Director of Partnerships at the Internet Archive, welcoming all of the “great builders of the next decentralized web.” She then handed the stage to Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation.

THE ADVENT OF BLOCKCHAIN BASED LIFE FORMS – by Bianca Pick


There is a certain mystique surrounding the blockchain technology, which seems almost as heroically promising as dangerously powerful.

Hailed as one of the most important innovations of our age by some, this technology describes a distributed database that can “move value around and represent the owernship of property”. Introduced through Bitcoin, the use of the blockchain is also currently gaining attention in many other areas, as the potential missing technological link to a more decentralized world.

Jolocom UG Selected to Take Part in EU H2020 IoT Research Project


The Internet of Things – IoT- era is here. Objects, sensors and devices in the physical world connected to the internet gathering and sharing data are everywhere around us: home appliances, traffic and transport sensors and healthcare devices among many others. They have arrived and they are here to stay.