Tuesday, 08 July 2014 07:15

Respecting your privacy – new ‘private cloud’ to take on Facebook Featured

By

A new global network that bills itself as an alternative to Facebook – where you ‘own your identity and privacy online’ – has launched in Australia.

“Claim your cloud!” says the blurb. “Don’t want to be a digital guinea pig for Facebook? Concerned that your health insurer knows your chocolate eating habits thanks to buying your grocery data? Rather than cancelling your loyalty cards and living the life of a digital hermit, an answer is finally on the way.”

That answer is supposedly Respect Network, a cloudfunded network that launched in San Francisco (where else?) last month and has now come to Australia. It kicked off last night at a snazzy do in Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal.

“Respect is the safe way to be connected to the people and stuff you love. It is a remarkably simple yet safe login button, similar to Login with Facebook and others, but one that sends a very different message: ‘You can safely connect with us. We respect you. We will give you complete control over your personal info. It will be used only as you choose’.”

Respect’s CEO, is Drummond Reed, a well known figure in open systems. In Australia for the launch, he said: “We’re asking people to help us build an Internet that respects personal choices and privacy. It’s not OK to use people’s private information without their knowledge. We don’t allow that in the real world – why do we accept it in the digital world?

“Imagine your neighbour rifling through your bedroom drawers, just because you invited them in for coffee? It’s just not ok. Let’s make the Internet more human. Let’s make it better for us, our children and grandchildren!” says Reed.

For $30, the first million ‘cloudfunders’ will receive a lifetime membership in the Respect Network, a cloud name (=name) and space on Respect’s personal cloud. “But more importantly,” says Reed, “supporters are building a new future for the Internet, one where individuals can give permission to businesses who promise to respect their wishes, so that a foundation of trust can be built.

Respect was founded in 2011 with 72 founding partners, including NEC, Swisscomm and 70 cloud service, development, ecosystem and consulting partners, who have taken part in its subsequent development. Development.

“It enables people and businesses to share sensitive private data like medical records, financial records, insurance records, and family records just as easily as they can share data publicly on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ today,” says Reed.


Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here

GRAND OPENING OF THE ITWIRE SHOP

The much awaited iTWire Shop is now open to our readers.

Visit the iTWire Shop, a leading destination for stylish accessories, gear & gadgets, lifestyle products and everyday portable office essentials, drones, zoom lenses for smartphones, software and online training.

PLUS Big Brands include: Apple, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sennheiser and many more.

Products available for any country.

We hope you enjoy and find value in the much anticipated iTWire Shop.

ENTER THE SHOP NOW!

INTRODUCING ITWIRE TV

iTWire TV offers a unique value to the Tech Sector by providing a range of video interviews, news, views and reviews, and also provides the opportunity for vendors to promote your company and your marketing messages.

We work with you to develop the message and conduct the interview or product review in a safe and collaborative way. Unlike other Tech YouTube channels, we create a story around your message and post that on the homepage of ITWire, linking to your message.

In addition, your interview post message can be displayed in up to 7 different post displays on our the iTWire.com site to drive traffic and readers to your video content and downloads. This can be a significant Lead Generation opportunity for your business.

We also provide 3 videos in one recording/sitting if you require so that you have a series of videos to promote to your customers. Your sales team can add your emails to sales collateral and to the footer of their sales and marketing emails.

See the latest in Tech News, Views, Interviews, Reviews, Product Promos and Events. Plus funny videos from our readers and customers.

SEE WHAT'S ON ITWIRE TV NOW!

BACK TO HOME PAGE
Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson sadly passed away in Jan 2021 and a much valued senior associate editor at iTWire. He was one of Australia’s longest serving and most experienced IT journalists. He is the author of the only definitive history of the Australian IT industry, ‘A Vision Splendid: The History of Australian Computing.’He was in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time weekly IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism. Graeme will be sadly missed by the iTWire Family, Readers, Customers and PR firms.

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous

WEBINARS ONLINE & ON-DEMAND

GUEST ARTICLES

VENDOR NEWS

Guest Opinion

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News

Comments