It seemed like only a matter of time before WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging app, would get into a data privacy scandal — mostly due to its direct affiliation with Facebook, a Big Tech player with a less-than-stellar data protection record.

Thus, it came as no surprise when WhatsApp’s recent privacy update that explicitly required users to share their data with Facebook faced public backslash. All it took to prompt an outcry was one poorly worded statement that didn’t actually announce anything new. …

22 years ago, in the midst of the dotcom boom, a visionary company was founded. It promised to make the new worldwide web accessible to everyone, putting users’ interests above all. However, after changing its revolutionary operating model to earn more revenue, it evolved into the Google we know today — an efficient, yet extremely privacy-unfriendly search engine that is always hungry for user data.

So how did we get there? What was the idea that helped Google succeed, and could it be used again for good? In this article, we are diving into the topics explored in Shoshana Zuboff’s…

“Data is the new oil”. You must have heard this phrase, coined by British mathematician Clive Humby in 2006, multiple times. As if the analogy wasn’t dangerous enough, two years ago technology thinker James Bridle escalated it even further, comparing data to nuclear power.

Unlike oil, data is unlimited. But just like nuclear power, it can solve many problems. However, if used with malicious intent, the outcomes can be disastrous.

At this point, the Big Tech knows that your data is the most valuable asset out there. …

At this point, data breaches is just regular news. There hasn’t been a month without a privacy mishap for a while now. According to Forbes, there were over 300 data breaches involving the theft of at least 100,000 records between 2004–2014, while the number of cyber attacks has been on an upward trend since: in 2017, for instance, there were 1,579 data breaches reported in the US alone. And these are just the ones that were made public.

Strangely enough, it feels like most of us have almost stopped caring. If you keep hearing about something for long enough, it…

Pick up your smartphone (assuming that you’re not holding it already). Now go to the home screen and try to count the number of apps with some sort of messaging functionality.

Last year, 89% of Internet users globally reported using messengers each month. And the odds are, you have at least two: a built-in SMS app and some sort of a messenger service. But the market offers so many more of them. Take a look at the graph showing the amount of active users on top social platforms, bearing in mind that most of the listed apps have DM functionality.

What is Memri?

Memri is your digital assistant that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help you organize and manage your data from a single encrypted place, giving you a better and safer experience with your device, and a tool to truly own your data.

Imagine all your messengers, social networks, emails, photos, notes and calendars in a single app. That’s Memri! No more app-to-app switching, ads and attention-grabbing social media feeds.

What can I do with Memri?

Pretty much anything that you normally do on your phone every day, but now in a more time-efficient and less stressful way. To be more specific:

  • Import all your data in one…

Your data rights are being violated. This is the fact that most of us know at this point, thanks to the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica scandal, Twitter privacy breach and other similar incidents of the past years. In 2020, people are starting to realize that their data shouldn’t be up for grabs. But how do we win it back? And what’s the core of the problem? In this article, we discuss several important aspects of the global data privacy problem, and show how Memri addresses them.

Data privacy is in the DNA of Memri, an open source digital assistant designed to help…

Our life becomes increasingly digital. We can’t imagine our days without our devices, we use more apps and services, and generate more data than ever before. Ironically, all this information becomes less and less useful, as we get overwhelmed and disconnected from people we care about.

We generate loads of data with dozens of free and paid systems we use. Just think of all the photos, notes and messages that go through your device every day! …


Digital AI assistant to take full control of your #data in one secure place. Change the relationships with your device. Open-source (developers welcome!)

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