The more people support the mission of polypoly, the faster we can bring about a rethink regarding the handling of data. For this we need your participation: Please talk about polypoly and spread our common idea to the world! Be it on your social media channels, in conversation with relatives, friends and colleagues - or at the regulars' table, in the club or the office - the polypoly solution protects everyone.
Below you will find materials on polypoly that you can use to get started straight away. Thank you!
It has become impossible to move around the internet without leaving a trace. Big money is being made with our most personal data, and what do we get out of it? Supposedly free communication platforms and data stores that process and sell our most private information. We ourselves become the product, but we don't earn anything from our own sell-out.
Its tempting to laugh at a bus full of pensioners, being ferried from one gift shop to the next. This time we are all on the bus!
polypoly wants to change that by getting our data from large non-European companies back to Europe and giving people back control over their data. Everyone should be able to decide for themselves what personal data is shared with others. And everyone should be able to profit from their own data.
How can this be done? With polyPod, a technology that protects privacy by default. It is free of charge, can be downloaded like an app onto one's own end device and stores all data in a data wallet on one's own end device. The data does not run through servers and no one else but you can access the data - unless you allow it.
But that's not all, because polypoly thinks in completely different dimensions: In order to bring about a general rethink of the way we deal with data - both as "data suppliers" (the population) and as "data users" (the economy, states, etc.) - a new, decentralised data economy is needed in which not only the interests of citizens but also those of the economy and states are taken into account. polypoly wants to build this up - together with the citizens of Europe.
A decentralised data economy benefits citizens, businesses and states alike:
Citizens regain control over their own data, can rent the unused computing power of their end devices to companies and allow companies to carry out anonymous analyses with the help of algorithms on their end devices.
Companies can work with the anonymous data from polyPods without violating the privacy of their customers - in full compliance with the GDPR. This saves companies a lot of effort and costs. And best of all: companies and citizens meet again as equals.
States benefit from higher tax revenues, because the place of service provision remains in their own country - in Europe - and thus also the tax revenues. Tax loopholes are closed.
The polypoly solution is also ecologically sustainable. By storing data and analysing it directly on users' devices, energy could be saved that is currently used by large, environmentally harmful data centres.
However: only together can we bring about a change in the way we deal with our data. That is why we have decided to found a European cooperative, to share the polyPod and to make the members of the cooperative co-owners. We don't want to create a new data monopoly; we want to make a difference, give people back their privacy and create a new decentralised data economy that benefits everyone - citizens, businesses and governments.
You would like to support polypoly and our common mission, but don't know how? Maybe you have helpful contacts & connections, know of events where we can give a talk or know someone who owns an event location... the possibilities to help us are manifold!
If you would like to help, please feel very welcome to email us with the subject "I would like to support polypoly but don't know how" and we will get in touch. Thank you!