A Different Kind of Web Startup

“Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center. Big, undreamed-of things — the people on the edge see them first.” — Kurt Vonnegut

Don’t be the pinball. Be the machine.” — Doc Searls

GLIAnet Redux


In previous articles on Medium, I described the pressing need to challenge and replace the predominant exploitative “SEAMs” paradigm of the World Wide Web. …

Series: A Human-Centric Paradigm for the Web

Article Six (of Six)

Richard Whitt, Todd Kelsey

November 2020

“Your reaction to the datafication of life should not be to retreat to a log cabin in the woods, for they too are full of sensors; but to aggressively seek control of the…

Series: A Human-Centered Paradigm for the Web

Article Five (of Six)

“We can be controlled from the outside not simply by having our choice bypassed but by someone controlling the world we perceive.” — Maria Brincker

Series Recap: Our story so far . . .

Over the first four articles…

Todd Kelsey and Richard Whitt

This article is seventh in a series that explores the many individual and societal implications of how data is handled in the era of Covid. The series has introduced new approaches for protecting human agency and autonomy, including various forms of digital mediaries (such as…

Further exploring CryptoData with the Data Tokenization white paper

Community Translation: Brazilian Portuguese| Russian | Spanish | Filipino | Turkish | German

In mid-September, we published a short blog posting describing the Oasis Foundation’s vision for a responsible data society. At its core is the concept of using a blend of advanced distributed ledger technologies to give human beings…

Dr. John Snow: First Health Data Trust

Article Four (of Six)

“Trust and accountability: above all else, these are the pillars of public health.”

– Laurie Garrett[1]

Dr. John Snow, Medical Data Detective

Recap: Our story so far

Over the first three articles in this series, we have discussed the desirability of replacing the Web’s current SEAMs cycles (surveil, extract, analyze, and manipulate)…

Introducing Blockchain 3.0 and Cryptodata

A Vision for a Responsible Data Economy

At the Oasis Foundation, we have been developing a vision for a responsible data society. Data is becoming one of society’s most valuable resources, and yet our current approaches fail to do justice to its intrinsic value. Our computational systems today have become siloed and mis-incentivized — failing to respect…

HAACS in Action: Digital Fiduciaries, plus Personal AIs

Article Three (of Six)

“Trust can only be strengthened when people and systems actually have a reason to trust each other more.” -Lee McKnight, Syracuse University

Quick recap

In the first and second articles in this series, we looked at the desirability…

Proposing a new ethos for digital stewardship and a responsible data society.

Today, nearly half of the world’s population are digital citizens — connected to each other via the internet. Collectively as consumers we own some 3.5 billion smartphones, and on a regular basis rely on an additional 20–25 billion connected devices (such as smart IoT sensors, connected appliances, and wearables). Combined…

Richard Whitt

Richard is a former Googler with a passion for making the open Web a more trustworthy and accountable place for human beings.

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