COZY Cloud – MesInfo
Session Topic: Cozy Cloud Mes Info
Convener: Benjamin, Cozy Cloud
Notes-taker(s): Leon Brown
- “If we have data about you, you have them too… To do with them whatever makes sense for you”
- Idea to brainstorm with companies that have lots of personal data, see what we can do with it.
- Concept: Try to implement concepts discovered in brainstorming year.
- Independent, all voluntary.
- Need prezo or go to site for company list
- Google is also participating, but mainly money, not data at this time.
- Identify some values for customers
- Gestion: Management
- Controle: Control - who access
- Connaisance De soi - safe knowledge
- Conscience: Discovering what you are
- Decision et action - can act
- Contribute: be able to contribute
- Lots of opportunities and risks noted - need slides
- Companies are dot one, non-digital companies. Currently most participants disintermediated from the web/clients. There is mediation between the companies and the individual - this may have driven their participation.
- We say - don’t try to imitate MINT or others, find your own way.
- Give back the data to your users. You enter in to trusted relationship with your customer. Then ask customer to host a service on their (the customers) cloud.
- This ‘app’ will provide a service that MINT cannot provide - all the data from the users, within their privacy sphere. Impossible for MINT to access all your data (like invoices, receipts), but by deploying your app on a customers personal cloud you have something that MINT can’t.
- Who is financing Mes Info? The companies participating in the experiment + public contribution.
- What does Mes Info feel like or mean to a French citizen? MY INFORMATION
- From the start of the project, they wanted all sorts of data: mail, photos, history of vacation. This allows services that not possible in a MINT model
- One insurance company is providing risk score to individuals
Jumping to COZY CLOUD
- Why Cozy Cloud was selected?
- Start: December 2012 to explain project. Project decided Jan 2013. Kick off End of October 2013.
- Cloud is great, but….
- ...data is new oil - it is the true asset.
- Kept currently in web silos currently
- Data access is an issue, and frustrating - A Personal Data Disorder as your data is across so many silos you cannot extract value.
- Philosophy is that customers/users want to
- Single Sign On, Search across all your data, Integration between walled gardens, Mash-ups of my personal data, and have privacy (post Snowden Era), a fundamental right
- Have your data on your server. All your data held yourself you can allow sign-on, search across it, etc.
- Data is complicated - much complexity
- Cozy - Your Personal Cloud
- Your Data, Your Apps, Your Server
- Can deploy on your own server, in AWS, in any place
- You sign-in to your cloud, has human readable name, maybe
- Reach Your Home which shows the Apps on your server.
- Can add ‘apps’ from the marketplace - an app marketplace
- Deploy an app on your server
- Deploy a photo app - asks permissions for authorization
- Server then runs the service on your server. Apps do not access the service - it works at home on your server
- All apps are competing for RAM and CPU on my local server. Cozy provides app management to slowdown/shut down unused apps
- Note Taking App Demo
- At install asked for rights to access my contacts
- Different from other apps, this Note app can add a reference to an actual contact.
- You can add a reminder
- Cozy provides a set of inter-app communication protocols so a developer could build a To Do list that calls and/or updates information from the Task list (webOS -like in inter-app communication)
- Commentary: Overall the magic is in the Mes INFOS project is getting all the companies on-board to give data back to the consumer.
- Others parrot this concern/interest
- Why? Banks, insurance, post office are interested in (1) any laws of giving data back to the consumer and (2) seeing what developers might do with this data.
- Commentary: Interesting is that the framework pushes running the apps on a local server. The architecture requires running an app within the Cozy Cloud server.
- Email invitation
- Kicks off link to start up
- Opens a Server in OVH - a kind of rackspace, a host company
- Machine opens up in OVH - not fixed size. Elastic.
- Includes Disk/storage of 50MB
- If user Opens Contacts,
- In customers virtual machine: Linux, Cozy, the Notes app/service on top.
- Notes data goes into storage area. Storage area is in the VM image.
- In OVH today, but could go in users home
- Could mail a Box with service
- What about static IP? Using ‘Gandi’ a dynamic DNS registrar to provide unique IP
- Cozy Cloud is a Personal Cloud Provider
- Data - is in Cloud (OVH storage)
- What format is all stored in? Is it readable?
- Question: Why but your IP in to connecting data/usage between apps?
- Architecture - add picture
- Each app can have access to data via simple REST requests.
- ‘data system’ in Architecture diagram reminds me of LunaBus in webOS. Allows app to x-talk and share data.
- Indexer is Whoosh
- Privacy is today simple: One user, one server. Not multi-tenant at this time.
- The 300 people in Mes Infos
- Is there any administration? If there a user issue or could they blow away their own data.
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