The HAT ecosystem is a global network of HAT users, developers, organisations and government bodies that subscribe to a world where individuals can exercise their rights and control over their personal data and be responsible for their digital futures. It is also an ecosystem that believe in the use, collaboration and sharing of data in a privacy preserving way for our own good and the good of society.
A designed eco-system
The HAT Community Foundation’s purpose is to promote the adoption of the HAT platform technology. The integrated economic and technical design of the HAT Platform is unique in supporting a multi-sided market allowing both individuals and firms to maximise the value of personal data exchange in an equitable and privacy-preserving way. The HAT Platform consist of the HAT Community Foundation, a non-profit organization and the HAT Data Exchange Ltd, a commercial enterprise. Read about the structure here.
That is privacy preserving
The HAT platform consists of all supporters, users, developers, firms and other organizations using HATs to support the exchange and trade of physical, digital and social artefacts – data and content: a network that comes together to give everyone, everywhere the benefit of privacy-preserving exchange of their personal data and content. An individual can configure, combine, display or visualise their data gained from any source and permit the exchange of his or her data with other individuals or organisations.
Managed by HATDeX
The platform is operated by HATDeX, and it operationalises the platforms according to its original vision.
With clear distinction between public and private spaces
By designing the ecosystem this way, the HAT foundation promotes a network of individuals and organizations that are aware of the public and private digital spaces on the Internet. With private space on the Internet now finally possible with the HAT, and having the usual public spaces on the Internet (e.g. MarketSquare™ and other web services), we promote interactions that call on all parties to be responsible, and enable new applications that can be designed with both spaces in mind. This would enable a future where individuals have greater control and empowerment on the Internet, instead of being taken advantaged of through irresponsible data gathering, or told what to do by government and firms, or worse, not interact at all because of fear. We believe that such a system is more equitable, democratic and allow better ways of sharing data as well as greater economic gains for all.
Creating open sourced communities
Much of the digital services in the HAT ecosystem is open sourced for the community, as they were built through research funding. These include Rumpel™ and the Hub-of-all-Things™ (HAT) itself. As such, the HAT community foundation manages and maintains an open sourced community who are interested to tap into the research outputs and create innovative digital services for the HAT ecosystem. The foundation runs several projects for this community, such as hackathons, the HAT global festival, seed funding for startups etc.
That continues to build on the knowledge
Finally, research on the HAT ecosystem continues, headed up by WMG, University of Warwick. Projects that sit on the HAT such as HALL increase the knowledge and understanding of the economic, business, legal, technical and social aspects of the HAT ecosystem.