Digital Home Initiative
Privacy for digital homes & communities… Portability enabling social media competition
Land and home ownership is a hallmark of any advanced civilization. The Digital Home Initiative establishes ‘digital home ownership’ by creating control, privacy and security conventions needed by individuals, families & communities to thrive in cyberspace, where they can gather freely without unwanted surveillance.
Like the US Bill of Rights, rights of people in their digital homes must be protected. Occupation and surveillance by unwanted parties – ad bots, IoT, smart speakers, etc. – should be known, and expelled if desired.
While not directly related to IoT, smart homes, smart speakers, etc, these devices contribute to the challenge by opening digital back doors into our lives.
In physical communities, we take for granted the roads and services that connect us: road and car standards e.g. the stop sign; the USPS for seamless communication; POTS telephone service to talk to anybody, anywhere, anytime.
Digital civilization needs to catch up. If I choose to leave FB or LinkedIn, I shouldn’t have to sacrifice the digital communities I’ve established there. I also may choose to live in a digital place with less or no billboards, or billboard diversity.
We need our digital roads paved and connected, our digital communications secured, global, reliable.
Architecture Changing the Digital Social Landscape
Romans used architecture to change their empire.
Where most other industries are using digitization techniques to break up fiefdoms and silos, current social networks use their fiefdoms to control their people.
DHI proposes modern digital architectures to break up the digital fiefdoms created by 1st-gen social media, and replace them with communities that value security, privacy, and portability.
A tech stack everyone can dig into.
Today’s tech standards like REST, JSON and others make it easy for social networks to connect, while maintaining their proprietary innovation that separates them from others.
“Digital Home sweet digital home”
Characteristics of a Safe Digital Home
Social media privacy, portability & competition
Paths to the Digital Home
There are several paths to DHI, both have great chances of success. The regulated path would accelerate adoption, similar to the adoption of aqueducts in Spain driven by the Roman empire.
In both scenarios, early adopters will have advantages in the early stages of adoption as the gory details of the required standards are ironed out via a Digital Home Standards Board, a body of industry participants patterned after the North American Energy Standards Board. Ultimately the DHSB standards could be adopted and/or enforced by the FCC or other government bodies.
Industry-driven standards and innovation
DHSB Digital Home Standards Board
The standards of the DHI are built and maintained by a group of industry professionals who voluntarily serve to advance the requirements of digital homes, privacy and competition.