Welcome to The GID Report, a biweekly update that includes globaliD team news, market perspectives, and industry analysis. Check out the last report here.
This week, we’ll be covering:
- The SSI Incubator kickoff!
- People care about privacy
- This week in Libra
- This week in messaging
- This week in regulations
- Stuff happens
1. The SSI Incubator kicks off with a bang
Last week saw the official launch of the SSI Incubator bringing in five identity-focused teams from around the world from places like Germany, Colombia and Canada.
Over the three months, the inaugural cohort will receive mentorship, technical support and plenty of networking opportunities all columinating in a demo day at the end of the class.
In all the launch was a huge success.
I had the pleasure of interviewing all 5 startups and the amount of passion for identity in the room was visceral. There is a movement around identity bubbling and you can feel it in your bones. It’s happening.
We also had a packed house Tuesday night for the big kickoff event — which featured representatives from companies like Microsoft and uPort/Consensys — no easy feat considering two other identity-focused events in the area at the same time. It’s yet another testament to the breadth and depth of this emerging movement.
With Greg leading the charge, it was standing room only:
There’s much more to come. Stay tuned!
2. Some illuminating insights around privacy from a Harris Poll survey conducted by IBM:
- 7 out of 10 people say they know their data doesn’t necessarily stay with the original company they share it with. And over half of them have personally had their data compromised, or know someone who has had their data compromised.
- Consumers say they value their privacy more than product quality, by a score of 53% to 44%.
- Two-thirds of those surveyed strongly believe that businesses should be doing more to protect their data.
- More than three-fourths of those surveyed say they would share more data if they could later take it back.
- The vast majority of those polled (84%) agreed with the notion that consumers have lost control over how personal information is being used by companies.
3. This week in Libra:
Greg (via Twitter): Facebook’s efforts to correct privacy and security vulnerabilities unfortunately morphs into anti-competitive behavior by interfering with users rights to share their data as they see fit. Trying to control “use” through restricting “access” is abusive.
4. This week in messaging
5. This week in regulations
5. Stuff happens
Via Taku — Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy
Via Craig — Nextdoor adds new funding from Mary Meeker’s Bond, closes growth round at $170M — TechCrunch
The end of money as we know it
China: State-backed digital currency could be ready by this year
Via Erik — Identicons for Stellar addresses
‘We’re at War’: A Covert Social Media Campaign Boosts Military Rulers
Bot Attacks, Networked Cross-Organizational Crime Both Growing Fraud Trends: Report
We’re living in an era of digital feudalism. Here’s how to take your data and identity back
Via Rebecca — Monster.com says a third party exposed user data but didn’t tell anyone — TechCrunch
Greg Kidd — Co-Founder and CEO
Taku Kawane — VP of Product
Rebecca Schwartz — Product Manager
Jacob Cohen — Head of Compliance
Erik Westra — Engineering Architect
Craig Dalton — Executive Director, Bike Index