Unique Benefits

With Cloud Computing (Crowd-SOURCED data), your information assets are being transferred to the Cloud everyday to become THEIR assets.

With Citizen Computing (Crowd-OWNED data), you build up your OWN information assets (instead of building up the Cloud's information assets).

Currently, you are ALREADY exposing every aspect of your life to the Cloud for the Cloud's benefit, all citizen Computing does is to enable you to use those SAME data for your own benefit.

Regaining control of your information and reclaiming its ownership, means IMPROVEMENTS in many critical areas:

Information Asset   Ownership Advantages
1. More Insight   2. More Income
3. More Independence     4. More Innovation
5. More Productivity   6. More Security

1. More Insight

Your life should be more interesting to YOU than any Hollywood star.

With the capacity, reliability and security provided by your Private Cyberspace, your can confidently collect, store and analyse every tiny detail about life and your surroundings.

Collecting every bit of data about yourself and your environment will provide unexpected deep insights into yourself and the world around you - insights that can change your life.

For example through the Personal Map you gain a heighten awareness of your current environment in real-time and by analysing the detailed data it collected about your movements and contacts you can see yourself in a new light.

To increase the value of your location data, you can click on Map Pins and record additional data like shopping receipts, car number plates etc. against any location you have visited.

Moving beyond simply "browsing" your data, you can also run Artificial Intelligence programs on your own data to get deeper insights into your life style.

You are the only one to experience your life from your perspective, it is impossible for anyone, not even your mother, to know all your needs and wants, letting Cloud Artificial Intelligence (AI) learn from your data and then influence you is problematic.

  1. Unless you are specifically being targetted, Cloud AI is normally trained by the engineers for a lot of people (instead of you, just for you), so WILL get things wrong.
  2. Cloud AI is controlled by someone with DIFFERENT interests to you.
  3. Since the AI is remote, you have ZERO idea what it thinks of you, it might not be favourable or it might be plain wrong.

There is no need for lengthy ethical debates on AI, the only AI you should let near your data is your own AI running in your Personal Zone and may be some AI running in the Fiduciary Zone (where you retain control while sharing your data).

With Citizen Computing you performing facial recognition on your photos yourself instead of exposing photos to external parties.

Selling Insight

Selling insight is substantially safer than selling your data to others so they can extra insights from it.

You not only get to keep your data in your Private Cyberspace, you got to the insight they are getting out of your data!

insight

2. More Income

Earn extra income with your data and from data you collected.

Numerous parties are making a lot of money from your data, whether it is directly as profit or though their increased market valuation.

It is time for you to transfer the money they make from your data back into your own pocket!

One immediate benefit of owning your information asset is the ability to sell it (just like what the Cloud is doing).

You are simply redirecting money for your movements from location data harvesters back to you.

Location data is just a small part of your information asset, other data can be of high value also, for example:

  1. your contact list (your friends' network, your business contacts etc.)
  2. your shopping preferences (both online and real stores)
  3. how long is the wait (e.g. at the hospital emergency department)
  4. your health (diet, exercise, blood pressure, sleep cycles etc.)

if you managed to collect it someone will probably pay for it.

Citizen Computing allows you to CONTROL what data to give out, for how long, to whom, at what resolution, for what purpose, how much to charge etc. etc.

For example, with Citizen Assisted Contact Tracing the data collected for COVID-19 can be used to create income.

3. More Independence

Gain independence from the Cloud by setting up your own rules instead of following theirs.

Ownership means you have full visibility and control of your data exclusively at any time:

  1. NO need to ask others what data they have on you and hope that they give you the true picture, because with citizen computing you decide what data to give to them in the first place.
  2. NO need to complain that others change their rules of engagement after you have already given them your data, because with citizen computing you set the rules on your data not them.

The problem is not just being forced to view ads when you don't want to view them, another problem is that the ads were NOT there before!

The massive growth of a Cloud service based on no ads has allowed competition to be crushed, so when ad viewing is being forced there is nowhere for the viewers to turn to!

And since you are now forced to view ads, they can now profile your INTERESTS down to how many seconds it takes for you to click the "Skip" button.

With citizen Computing EVERYONE now has access to their OWN computation capabilities and can communicate DIRECTLY with each other using the Internet.

Users NO LONGER need the Cloud to connect with each other, NO LONGER need the Cloud for performance and NO LONGER need the Cloud for free services.

But simple point and click, you control how and which Node to use in your infrastructure, you decide what features, what privacy, what cost, what reliability, what capacity, what speed you want for each application.

Achieve self-determination and prevent undue influence, you no longer need to dance to the tune of the owners of the Cloud.

4. More Innovation

8 companies innovating for 8 billion people is unjust.

Leaving the innovations of the WHOLE WORLD's information technology to the managers of a handful of Cloud companies does not make sense.

Innovation is about NEW ideas; it is difficult to get the best new ideas if it is always from the same OLD group of people (the Cloud).

Imagine you travelled around the world and the landscapes in every country look the same! The same applies to the domination of the Cloud in the information landscape around the world.

Your own Private Cyberspace enabled you to change your information environment and implement your new ideas at anytime, without the need to wait for the Cloud development nor approval.

The Infrastructure Templates enable non-technical people to create new Application Zones for themselves but mixing and matching modules easily.

Having your own private information assets that you have full control and can experiment with endlessly means innovation without limit, creating amazing applications (for personal use or for the whole community) that were not possible before.

With Citizen Computing you can build, change or just mix and match Module Nodes to create new services without needing technical skills.

5. More Productivity

a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention

Time is generally more valuable than money and attention is always MORE VALUABLE THAN TIME. There is no point spending hours with someone who is not paying attention to you.

One of the major ways Cloud Computing makes money is by taking away this most valuable aspect of your life - constantly interrupting your thoughts by advertisements and notifications.

It takes more than 20 minutes to return to the original task after a distraction, yes 20 minutes NOT 20 seconds. As shown in Attention Wars both the profits to them and damages to you can be substantial.

Citizen Computing allows you to CONTROL exactly when you want to focus on ONE thing and when you want to be inspired by DIFFERENT things.

With Citizen Computing you access the Internet with the protection of Satellite servers giving you a fully tuneable online experience so you can conserve your attention for more important things.

6. More Security

Private Cyberspaces are substantially more secure than traditional Cloud based services as you have full ownership and thus full visibility and control across all your data at all times.

1. Single Vendor Problems

When a single organisation has control of all your data, it does not matter how much it claims it has done to protect your privacy and security (e.g. uses open sourced software, does not keep logs on servers etc.).

Take the Signal service as an example, which is endorsed by Edward Snowden and Elon Musk:

  1. it needs a PHONE NUMBER from you (which can be used to not just identify you but also everyone you called or called you).
  2. by being a mobile app in Apple and Google app stores and using their push notifications, it is basically sharing your metadata with Apple or Google.
  3. it is centralised, the outage shows that it is in the middle relaying ALL the calls.

We are talking about ONE party getting ALL the phone numbers, ALL the times of call connection, ALL IP addresses of ALL its users worldwide (as well as leaking metadata to Apple and Google).

  1. Even if you can trust the ideas behind Signal, can you trust the directors of Signal always behaving properly forever in the future?
  2. Even if you can trust the directors of Signal, can you trust every staff of Signal always behaving properly forever in the future?
  3. Even if you can trust the staff of Signal, can you trust that the honest actions are so perfectly executed that your information is not leaked?
  4. Even if you can trust that your information will not be leaked accidently, can you trust that the there are no malicious actors coming in and stealing them?

Signal is just an example, these trust problems apply to ANY centralised service that claims to protect "privacy" e.g. your favourite VPN Service or Bitcoin Mixer. And if they ask for payment, which any proper service should, then you just created another attack vector into your identity.

The problem does not only apply to niche small companies that aggregates data, what about the biggest Single Vendor there is, Apple ?

Has Apple ever inform you or asked for your permission before starting to use your phone, your internet bandwidth, your battery power, your person location to help them sell more Air Tags ?

2. Device Problems

The trust problems above also apply to all devices which are connected to the internet from cameras to teddy bears and of course mobile phones.

3. Phone Problems

Whether it is remote servers in the cloud or the mobile phone in your hand, centralising data on devices that you have little control is dangerous. From iOS hacks to Android vulnerabilities to methods leaked in Vault 7 the data centralised on the mobile platform are too valuable to be left alone.

4. Large Target Problems

Large centralised databases (storing your location, contacts etc.) become very high value targets, look at the massive leaks at Facebook which just happened AGAIN after the problem was supposed to have been fixed after the last leak.

5. Distribute Risk

Citizen Computing has been designed assuming that Nodes will get hacked, that Nodes will be lost, that Nodes will be located with people who turned "bad" etc., so by cutting up an Application into as many Nodes as possible. More importantly you can change the number of Nodes, for some Applications you might want additional Nodes to be extra safe.

There are separations between Zones (e.g. Personal, Fiduciary, Community etc.), there are separations between functions (e.g. Identification, Collection, Distribution, Notification etc.), there are separations based on time (e.g. maximum one day's data), there are separations of networking, processing, storage and the physical location site itself (so they can all keep an eye on each other).

The less amount of data a Node holds, the less data there is to be stolen if that node got hacked and the easier it is to recover if that Node got damaged.
The more Nodes you have, the less damage can be done by one and the more they can check on each other.

6. Scalable Safety

Citizen Computing lets you specify which Node to use for which Module, so for some Modules you might like to use Nodes from people you actually know and located in places you have actually visited.

7. Universal Encryption

With Citizen Computing everything is encrypted whenever possible, double or even triple in most cases.

8. Aliases Encouraged

People need to behave differently in front of different groups of people, you need them to know different things about you.

Getting everyone you know on the SAME "social" platform to see one view of you or timeline of yours just does NOT make sense!

For different situations, Citizen Computing allows you to disclose different and just enough information about yourself under each identity, leaving out the rest of the data for privacy and profit.

9. Independent Monitoring

Citizen Computing has basic security rules which prevent you doing dangerous things in general (e.g. uploading unencrypted data to Nodes outside of your Personal Zone, blocking known bad IP addresses etc.) all of which you can of course turn off.