One of the joys of working with the diverse membership of PDEC is getting to know the people and their companies. It is safe to say that passion is a common trait. We experience this during the monthly PDEC conference calls, as well as in other communications (meetups, calls, workshops and conferences). As a result of conversations during a recent monthly PDEC conference call and subsequent communications, we are pleased to offer a four part blog post series from guest blogger David Alexander.
David is the Chief Executive, Co-Founder and and Platform Architect at Mydex. This is the second in a series of four posts in which David will shed light on the development of Mydex as a CIC, and the journey the company has been on, and where it is headed. Enjoy reading it!
Mydex has been a member of the PDEC Start-Up Circle since its inception. In this series of blog posts David Alexander gives an update on Mydex the Community Interest Company, the Mydex Trust Framework, its ISO27001 certified platform and as a certified Fair Data company.
We are doing this in four parts.
Part Two today continues to discuss how Mydex has tackled some of the hard problems first. You can read Part One here.
How we are cracking the hard problems first:
As well as creating the right infrastructure and architecture as discussed in Part One we have also worked to:
- make it possible for individuals to benefit safely and securely from what cloud has to offer. Individuals can deploy their personal data store wherever they want to locate it but the default is the cloud.
- tackle the hard data problems first, like access to and secure storage of data, and managing the consent and permission for its use and sharing. Key in this is solving for the long term the challenge of how to assure identities and make proofs of claim that actually let people get things done online with no fuss or risk.
- construct a simple but enforceable trust framework to transparently govern how all parties using the Mydex platform can access and use data and share that with the world via the Open Identity Exchange.
- promote interoperability and transparency across the different layers of the personal data ecosystem through using open standards and publishing our schema and API openly and making access to our sandbox free of charge.
- demonstrate that this is substance, not rhetoric. We are one of the UK Government’s five ID Assurance Providers listed on G-Cloud. This meant passing all the tests a Government supplier needs to including the security, scalability and sustainability necessary to operate at a national scale.
This has all taken time but we’ve done it and now we are there and growing. We don’t shout about it because we are on a journey, these are the steps along the way.
It has also taken considerable time and money. We will discuss this in Part Three tomorrow