Member newsletter 18 September 2017

Co-founding Members ‘Foundation Stone’

We would like to recognize founding members by listing them on a Co-founding Members ‘Foundation Stone’ web page. You will appreciate, given our keen eye on privacy, that we cannot list you unless you opt-in by the deadline. For the avoidance of any doubt, if you don’t reply by the deadline, the Foundation Stone will be published without your name. It’s immutable.

ACTION: To opt-in, please simply reply to this email to say yes by 1st October. And if you have any questions, please drop into Open Chat or email us at


With only a few weeks to go before our launch ‘proper’, we have lots to do. We’ve very nearly finalized the web copy and layout. We’re progressing work on principles and tidying up some of our tools – the notes from our Monday, Wednesday and Friday calls are a good place to see key topics each week.

Here’s the immediate schedule:

// This week

Finalize web copy and transfer into our new CMS.

We have a qualitative definition of Tech We Trust – those technologies that are equitable and accessible, putting our autonomy, privacy and dignity first – and we’re now starting to scope the multi-disciplinary work required to develop a detailed technical definition.

(It’s great to start moving from preparing for our mission to the mission itself!)

// w.c. 25th Sept

Develop the process and data format for our nascent ecosystem map.

// w.c. 2nd Oct

The last week to join as a co-founder. ACTION: Email everyone who has shown an interest but hasn’t yet become a member, pointing them to our new website-in-waiting.

// w.c. 9th Oct

The Digital Life Collective is launched, marked by our publishing our new website. ACTION: let us know if you’d like to write for our blog.

As always, if you’d like to say hello in real time, our team calls are on our Zoom line, M/W/F at 5pm UK time, or mention in our main Collective open chat channel that you’d like to set up another time.


// The imperative for self-sovereign identification (get lost Equifax), Chris Skinner

// Why you shouldn’t unlock your phone with your face, Quincy Larson

// Sonos says users must accept new privacy policy or devices may “cease to function”, ZDnet

// The Spread of Mass Surveillance, 1995 to Present, presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA), Nadiya Kostyuk and Muzammil M. Hussain, University of Michigan

Best regards, Christina, Steve and the Digital Life Collective member relations team.


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