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Data sharing app could change our everyday lives

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A crowdfunding campaign to develop a safe and secure data sharing app has been launched by the Centre for Research into Employment, Empowerment and Futures (REEF).

The ‘Everydataproject is seeking to provide people with the skills and local networks to effectively use data to improve their communities and workplaces.

As well as the crowdfunding campaign to support its initial development, the Centre is also having preliminary discussions with the Nextdoor social media company to be its project partner.

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The UK Government has started to encourage tech organisations to come up with smart solutions to fix public sector problems. Challenges that public bodies face could be solved by new digital technologies – together we can be part of this vitally important social development.

Technology is unavoidable and our data footprint is getting bigger and bigger, especially in the internet age. I want us to be able to use ‘big data’ in socially positive ways and my aim is to create a new data sharing app, Everydata, which will teach people how to become more informed and engaged digital citizens.

The Everydata app will embody the idea that technology doesn’t have to be disruptive, it can be empowering and user led. It aims to bring your data under your control by teaching people how to use data for their own gain and bring communities together to answer everyday questions. I’m hoping to raise £3,000 in six weeks to develop this incredibly exciting app that will help change our day-to-day lives.

Dr Peter Bloom, project lead and REEF co-founder

 

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