Legal trust + technical trust = data trusts

Technical trust and legal trust are both insufficient by themselves to ensure protection of valuable data. Instead we need a vehicle that combines the two to allow data use to be auditable and acceptable practice to be enforcable. In this post we discuss this concept of a data trust, explore what benefits they could bring and how they could be achieved.

Registers are everybody's business

Building useful things requires useful data. Data that remains locked behind propietary APIs in outdated formats and can’t be automatically kept up-to-date makes building next generation services tricky, error prone and time consuming. This blog post discusses some of the issues through the lens of creating a list of businesses in the UK and proposes a solution that allows data to flow more freely whilst offering far stronger accountability than today’s data sources.

Open Permits and the power of open source software

What if we can do more with physical proofs? What if we encode permits in a machine-readable way that also allowed the data to be verified as accurate? I’ve taken the open-source Registers technology that lets people build secure lists and packed individual items into QR codes, and then built a scanner app that runs on a smartphone and can read and verify the data.