Enabling participation in a consumer facing fully open source product, and researching a mode of business that doesn't exploit user data.
2 Academic Researchers
This research project is following the Ind.ie team through the early stages of prototyping and developing the indie phone and associated ecosystem. Together, we consider the user experience and ergonomics of the phone, as well as users expectations and experiences of data, sharing and privacy.
The indieweb movement, which Ind.ie is one manifestation of, is a reaction to the increasing commodification of personal data by technology companies, the Indieweb is a people-focused alternative to the ‘corporate web’. The principles of the Indieweb community are:
Your content is yours - When you post something on the web, it should belong to you, not a corporation.
Connect better - Your articles and status messages should be able to go to all services, not just one, allowing you to engage with everyone.
You are in control -You can post anything you want, in any format you want, with no one monitoring you.
Ind.ie is one product team following these principles but with their own distinct vision and agenda.
Ind.ie is an ambitious project, which recognises that when the dominant corperates create great user experiences, they control not just the software, but the hardware, the operating system, and the core services. Ind.ie responds to the idea of a missing 4th quadrant of technology - experience led open, which embeds design thinking and values into a co-design production model and ethos for all of these levels.
In effect, the project seeks to change the world by enabling participation in a consumer facing fully open source product, and 'proving' a mode of business that doesn't exploit user data or an advertising model.