This is a podcast of Professor Irene Ng with Simon Carroll at the Internet of Me
The Hub of All Things (HAT) is on a mission to create a better internet that is better for people and businesses by putting fairer and more efficient Internet of Me spoke to Irene Ng, academic, economist and architect of the HAT to find out more.
Internet of Me: Explain what the HAT is and how it works.
One of the paradoxes of a privacy-preserving data exchange is that users can be private to the point that the exchange is unworkable. The analogy goes like this: think of your HAT as a private cabin in the woods. You get your privacy, but if you do not have a way of communicating with others, no one will know that you have bins to empty, or need logs or fuel to warm the cabin, or even if you wish to talk to someone. You are private, but that privacy has cut you off from the rest of the world. And no wi-fi either. You are truly. Very. Private.
What a year this has been. Back in February, when the HAT project ended, and was passed from the 6 Universities to the HAT Foundation, we knew that translating 6 briefing papers, developing the tech and implementing the design principles into an actual ecosystem was going to be a challenge of huge proportions. 2016 was the year we embraced the challenge. 2016 was the move from design to implementation; from concept to capability. From the written word to reality.
So you've got your HAT, what do you do now? I thought I'll pen a few notes to help you get started. First thing I did was to go to Rumpel, my private dashboard. On the top corner, you will see 'New to Rumpel'. Click on it and it will give you an overview of what you can do on Rumpel. I did the tutorial just to be a little familiar with Rumpel but I was really very impatient to get into things. Thankfully, it wasn't a long tutorial.
Today’s world of connected things and connected people is propelling us towards the Internet-of-Everything. But is it really giving us better organisation and coordination of our lived lives1. No, not really. Because we can’t actually connect our data nor look at it all together. Only HAT allows this. With HAT we can control and combine our data in any way we want, in any way that makes sense to us and see it in these combinations with Rumpel, the world’s first “hyper-data browser”.
The IoT isn’t smart. The advent of the Internet-of-Things (IoT) in today’s world of connected things and connected people has made it possible for firms to harvest lots of real-time customer data - information from people and objects, and indeed everything as we move towards the Internet-of-Everything. In the UK, 65 percent of people are unclear about ownership of their data1.
In modern society our data seems almost ethereal. It is a mysterious cloud of one's and zero's that pickpockets our phones and processes it to pinch our personality, prying through our private conversations, with enough vigor to promote paranoia... okay. I'll go easy on the alliteration. But this data dystopia (sorry) we've found ourselves in leaves us with zero of our data, whilst marketers are using our location, likes and LinkedIn Profiles (sorry again) for one purpose. Money.