Clement Charles

Clement Charles 's thoughts
September 1st, 2014


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5 years ago, I looked crazy stupid naive when I mentioned the idea, that in the future (which is now), telco’s will be selling disconnection as much as connection, access restriction as much full access.

Similarly, when I spoke at ITU last year on data privacy in World Telecom in Bangkok, I mentioned the fact that selling privacy and secured data access, I remember people being really surprised in the audience. Then, later during the event, I was happy to see fellow future-thinker (Swiss too) Gerd Leonard mentioned the exact same concept when he addressed the crowd of operators and regulators telling them “telcos are in the trust business”. You can view the full keynote here.

Logically, in the space of personal data, especially with lifelogin and quantified self data, trust is not an option, it must should be a central piece of the product offering.  This is way I’ve loved the concept of Pryv from the very start, in the field of QS  meta platforms to aggregate your various data. Contained in the name (Pryv, as in private) , but also in their DNA (they’re Swiss, and as such love secrecy), their concept is really right and fair, proposed in a rich user interface.

Now to the business, I just discovered the business of Respect Networks, dubbed as “the leading platform for secure, verified and mutually agreed sharing of personal data”. This is just a start of new business, where people will pay for trust.

June 12th, 2014

GET YOUR DATA Now. or loose it forever

SpringPad is shutting down. I tested this life logging / note app a couple of year ago. It was good, quite easy to use, but not complete enough to compete with my premium Evernote.

While shutting down, SpringPad is being really fair play (and it’s not that easy when you manage a company closing down and your dreams going down the gutter). They are playing it fair in the sense that they warn you (not a in Zeo way) that they are closing, they give you various choice to export your data (including direct to Evernote export) and send you reminder about the deadlines to get your data back. Great job, guys.

Below, a few elements received from them if you need to get your data back.

Message from Springpad

We recently notified you that Springpad will be shutting down. During this transition, we are committed to helping you save a copy of your Springpad data so that you can have it for the future. Please visit before June 25th to export your data.

Thank you to our loyal users – We hope that you have enjoyed using Springpad as much as we enjoyed building it for you!

We understand that this transition may be difficult for many of you and we will try to help as much as possible. If you have questions or need help, please visit the Springpad Shutdown FAQ

June 5th, 2014


The more I listen, the more I hear concerns about data ownership and control. Concerns, yes, but solutions, not much. All of it flavored by pessimism – as if the current abuse were here to stay.

Well I don’t think so.

Fist of all, I am sure, and I’ve said publicly in event like ITU Telecom World 2013, that today, a good privacy and data protection are like the icing on the cake, but that they may become the cake itself in the soon to come future. Indeed, I think that in 10 years from now, to create a real data economy where growth is possible, privacy will be part of the game, as much as letting users control the usage of their data.

Secondly, the logic, the technical paradigm to reach that goal is already public today. One of the greatest initiative to protect personal data, in my view, is the IDCUBED project from the MIT , headed by John Henry Clippinger. I had the pleasure to meet John at ITU Telecom World 2012, in Dubai, in a session on privacy. On that day, and in our lunch that followed, I discovered their idea of a “data mark up language” that would encapsulate all types of possible usages of the data produced.

In my view, based on that idea from the MIT, each data should have its own meta-mark up information, like the EXIFF files in a photo or the XML files in a web content.

It should answer the following question, from the biggest to the smallest:

1 / Do you allow your data to be share ? Yes. No. If no, end of the question.

2 / If yes, would you like this data to be share with

– scientific organizations that would use your data anonimmized for research purpose
– a specific person (please list as many, please use group or “circles” that you’ve already curated)
– all or part of yours contacts (from one or more database of personal contact, from address books to Facebook friends)
– commercial organization that may uses your data commercially (and possibly, pay you a share of the revenues)


What do you think ? What rights would you give to who ? Let’s chat .



March 4th, 2014

Back on ITU World 2012

Invited as speakers in the “Who Owns My Data” session in Dubai in 2012, I had the opportunity to share (… and scare) with my vision of the digital immortality. I also met and discovered MIT professors John Clippinger, founder and Executive Director, Idcubed, that made understand how we may control and monetize our flows of data.

As we I am already preparing possible participation in Doha 2014 after my successful panel and meet the experts session in Bangkok last November, I wanted to go back on that session in Dubai which was greatly quoted. You can view a great report here, and view the session in full simple with a easy free login with your mail.

November 8th, 2013

A platform to group all your datas

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Discover Tent ( a new platform to group all your datas. An important initiative, necessary for all. Looking forward to see what it will be looking like.

September 4th, 2013

Getting ready for ITU Telecom World 2013

ITU Telecom World has always been an important miles stones in my life, both as a doer and thinker.

Following last year kind invite, I accepted to participate  to this year event and speak in a few conf and panels.

A very hot topic and interesting would be :  “How can World Citizens Ensure their Privacy in a Digital World?” at

We will be covering questions like-

– What should citizens do and what are their rights?-

– What should be the role of Government and Business?-

– How should we ensure this in laws and international standards?


Any inputs you reader would like to provide ? Feel free to post a comment and chat with me on Twitter.

May 11th, 2013

Digital Immortality @ ITU World Telecom in Dubai 2012

Clement Charles ITU Telecom World Dubai on QS Digital Immortality

I had the chance to participate to the ITU World Telecom latest event in Dubai. I was invited to speak about data and media in a panel called “Who Owns My Data”. Last night, I was preparing my break out session on digital immortality for the the QS conference.Good surprise, when I typed “digital immortality” in my evernote, I had the real pleasure to seeing one of quotes on that topic from this panel used as title of the big data section of the “outcome report” that is published after the conference. I did overview when I received but apparently did not read with enough attention as I missed my own quote of Digital Immortality : / Still it shows that the topic has impact.

You can download the complete ITU World Telecom 2012 Dubai Outcomes Report. The title with my quote is in the image above, on page 25/35.

Well, thanks a lot, Stewart and Simon !