Other Recommended Resources

Personal clouds are one of the fastest growing new spaces on the Internet. We recommended the following resources to learn more about the entire personal data ecosystem.

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The Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium (PDEC). The goal of PDEC is to coordinate work between startups, major companies, non-profits, and governments who want to empower people to collect, curate, and derive value from their personal data. Respect Network Corporation (including our Connect.Me division) and many of our Founding Partners are charter members of the PDEC Startup Circle. PDEC offers resources to assist with exploration and understanding of this new market imperative including the Personal Data Journal.


Rethinking Personal Data: Strengthening Trust is a report available from the World Economic Forum Rethinking Personal Data project. It is a comprehensive overview of the personal data space and the steps WEF RPD contributors are taking to tap the value of this new economic asset.As described on the WEF website, “The report aims to foster dialogue around some of the key questions that need to be resolved to ensure long-term and sustainable value creation. Who owns personal data? How can privacy be protected? What is the role of context in setting permissions? How can organizations be held accountable? What is the role of regulators? It outlines concrete steps that stakeholders can take, focusing on three areas: upgrading protection and security, agreeing on rights and responsibilities for using data based on context, and driving accountability and enforcement. The report concludes with a call for leaders to work together to achieve a coordinated yet decentralized approach to this global challenge.”


Personal Data: The Emergence of a New Asset Class, the first report available from the World Economic Forum Rethinking Personal Data project, is recommended reading for any company who wants to understand the personal data space. It explains how personal data is becoming a new economic “asset class”, a valuable resource for the 21st century that will touch all aspects of society. This report finds that, to unlock the full potential of personal data, it will be necessary to create a balanced ecosystem with increased trust between individuals, government and the private sector.


The Intention Economy is the new book by Respect Network architect Doc Searls that explains in clear, compelling prose and examples what customer empowerment and VRM (Vendor Relationship Management) really means. Published by Harvard Business Review Press in May 2012, it is the culmination of six years of work on ProjectVRM at the Harvard Berkman Center. VRM is the concept that customers should be able to manage their relationship with vendors the same way vendors use CRM (Customer Relationship Management) tools today. It goes on to show why “free customers”—customers who are free to take their personal data and relationships to the vendor of their choice—are not only more valuable to a vendor, but in fact the engine of an entire new economy.


The Live Web is Respect Network architect Phil Windley’s new book about event-based programming in the cloud. Whereas today’s Web sites are about users interacting with relatively static pools of data, the cloud is about data that is flowing, moving, and real-time. These data streams don’t fit easily into the traditional client/server model. In The Live Web, Phil shows why a new event-based programming paradigm is needed, then makes it concrete by showing how to build dynamic event-driven applications with KRL (Kinetic Rules Language).