CLOUD is the Consortium for Local Ownership and Use of Data. CLOUD is a non-profit technology standard consortia [pursuing 501(c)(6) status].
CLOUD comes to its consortia role with a big vision. The premise is simple. The Internet should start with us, not webpages. Our connections are bigger than the edges of a website, deeper than an individual social networking page and broader than any one of us can imagine. But, our connections are broken. Think about it. How many times have you reentered exactly the same data about yourself when surfing the web? For that matter, how many times have you filled out the same form at the doctor’s office, the school administration office or when applying for a loan? It’s not just an online problem. It’s an offline problem, too. It doesn’t have to be this way.
The best way to understand the big picture of CLOUD is via the many TEDx talks I’ve been privileged to give. The full story can be found here, and links to the separate talks can be found above in the menu bar. My talk at TEDxAustin tells a bit of the “what” of CLOUD; the other three TEDx talks from Malaysia, Rome and Dublin tell more of the “why.” The “how” of CLOUD can be found in these four web vignettes at our YouTube channel.
Many of CLOUD’s blog posts from the past several years are being moved here to the End of Linearity site, so we can streamline the CLOUD site as we prepare for significant new announcements in the next several months. You can view these blog posts by category by clicking CLOUD in the menu above and picking a category. CLOUD is supported by both larger CLOUDCircles supporters (like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society), as well as through CLOUDCircles for grassroots contributions. One of those CLOUDCircles is featured here, #cancer. We appreciate the support we have already received. If you would like to do the same, you can donate directly on the right or go to a full-page by clicking here. To visit other circles, you can visit the CLOUDCircles home page.