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You can be part of this social movement
This is a cause
Creators should be able to have ownership and management control of all
of the content that they upload or create. It may be that a community content
site does not want to allow creators to take back their content and data. When any site tries to block this, a goal of this project/tool is to get
around that block using both technical and social means.
Ways you can support this cause
There are many ways that people and websites can support this
- Spreading the word: Discuss it. Blog
about it. Tell the websites where you have data to support it.
Linking to us is also an excellent form of support.
- Help design the system: Help to figure out the
best standards and ideas possible. Help pick the best technology for
building this system.
- Programming: If you're a programmer, you
can offer to help code the design and foundation for this tool. Or help add
the support for the website where your data lives? This is an
exciting programming challenge.
- Businesses can help: There are businesses
who will benefit greatly from what we are building. These businesses
are welcome to support the project financially, as well as in the other ways listed.
By doing so they help to bring about a change that will help their
- Websites implementing APIs: There are
websites with large existing user bases. There are other sites who
are just starting out. Either way, such sites add the API support
which makes it easy for users to manage and move their own content and
We expect to find many allies. Our cause a just one and has a universal
appeal. It can also offer businesses new opportunities.
- Businesses who believe in open data: There are many websites and services
who understand that allowing users to have control of their own content
can also make for more commercial opportunities. We have already
talked with businesses who have offered to pledge programming help and
Turning potential foes into allies
There will be some close minded websites and companies that will
resist allowing users to move their content. Our goal is to help them
see the light.
This is being created in association with
- Enlightenment through participation: As more websites
switch to allowing users to move their content to and from a site, this
will become the higher standard. Websites will start to see that this
added dynamic nature and added ability for users will result in more
active users and more participation overall. As more websites start
understanding and living by this philosophy, other sites will see how
advantageous it is.
- Enlightenment through testimony: Part of
our job is to spread the word. Part of the challenge is technical,
but another part of the challenge is social. The world will adopt
this new and more open way of dealing with data. The more we spread
the word and have open dialogue, the faster the change can happen.
- Enlightenment through embarrasement: It's hard for
any site to appear fair while telling their users that they can't move their
own data. We need to make it clear that disallowing a user from
moving their own data is no longer acceptable. This is an intriguing
story. The media will enjoy it. They will help us with our
push for justice. And once sites see their way to turn from foes
to allies and will help spread the word that this the only
acceptable way to operate.