HATs for Individuals
The digital economy is changing. Our personal data is becoming more and more valuable every day.
We are coming to rely on our Internet services just to function day-to-day. We book train tickets, navigate to meetings and social functions, maintain the climate and security of our homes, answer our doorbells, communicate with our friends and colleagues, and manage our finances, all online.
But where connectivity brings convenience it also brings challenges. Every user signing on to a new Internet service creates for themselves a unique user account every time, surrendering some form of their personal data in the process. As a result, a few hundred equivalent accounts are created by each of us in our lifetimes. Eventually, our valuable personal data could create illegal data markets, allowing Internet monopolies to form, and cripple our attempts to deal with cyber security.
HATs are individual secure and private storage containers that are specially designed to hold the database of a user's personal data: a private 'data account' (like a savings/current account) to hold your data from the most trivial to the most precious. This information is valuable, and companies use it all the time to make their lives easier, but you rarely do.
Now you can set up a HAT to automatically store this information for you, privately, and then use it to log in to websites or trade it for goods and services in online marketplaces.
After you've set up your HAT, your data is accessible to you to view and manage via APIs and HAT dashboard applications like Rumpel, downloadable via the Apple App Store.
To get a HAT for yourself, register your name and a credit card (for identification purposes) at hatters.hubofallthings.com, or by downloading the Rumpel Lite HAT dashboard via the Apple App Store.
Upon completing your registration, you will be emailed instructions about how to access your personal HAT address (a unique URL representing your individual HAT), as well as instructions on how to pull your personal data into it from external data sources like Twitter, Facebook, and your smartphone.