In this day and age of internet penetration, the word Data is a taboo. The data subjects turn a blind eye to it and the data controllers just brush it under the carpet. The providers of this data are not privy to how much of their data is being used and to what purposes but they understand the transactional cost behind it to use the said service for free. In the grand barter of “Your Data = Free Service”, data privacy is ignored, nay, neglected.

Judith Duportail, a French Journalist writes in an article in The Guardian about data privacy and its pitfalls. She says, “I asked Tinder for my data. It sent me 800 pages of my deepest, darkest secrets. The dating app knows me better than I do, but these reams of intimate information are just the tip of the iceberg. What if my data is hacked — or sold?” Tinder’s privacy policy clearly states, “You should not expect that your personal information, chats, or other communications will always remain secure”

In other words, it’s not by accident that you receive advertisement on your social feed for an innovative product which allows you to never forget your keys when you share with your potential date that “hilarious story” of you getting locked out of your car because you forgot the keys inside.

This means what city you were born, where you grew up, which school you went to and with whom, what your grades were, what your projects were, your internship, first job, salaries, interests and your colleagues, can be used, reused, abused and sold with absolute consent and authority from the data subject. In essence, the user is curating content about his / her personal life and presenting it as a chest full of their professional life.


The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘Commons’ as ‘Land or resources belonging to or affecting the whole of a community’. What it essentially means is a shared pool of resources which is used by the pool of people for the common good.

The water fountains belong to nobody and in essence, to everybody. (Image by Artem Beliaikin via (https://www.pexels.com/photo/man-and-woman-bathing-on-running-water-725910/) (copyright-free)

Based on a research project by the Environmental and Cultural Conservation in Inner Asia (ECCIA) from 1992 to 1995, satellite images were used to compare the amount of land degradation due to livestock grazing in the regions of Mongolia, Russia, and China. In Mongolia, where shepherds were permitted to move collectively between seasonal grazing pastures, degradation remained relatively low at approximately 9%. Comparatively, Russia and China, which mandated state-owned pastures involving immobile settlements and in some cases privatization by household, had much higher degradation, at around 75% and 33% respectively

The research above indicates that the Commons approach has positively affected these industries. Now what if we applied this concept to professional networking sites where the data is held by nobody, it is safer, virtually unleakable and much faster?

This is what we are working to build here at Dock.io, a protocol for professional networking platforms built on top of the blockchain where the data privacy is ensured. A product that emphasizes transparency and can be used by the entire professional universe. A place where professional data, reputations, and networking management are encrypted in keeping with the principles of data privacy. In this way, Dock.io will be the social commons and the future of recruitment built entirely on the blockchain where we allow apps to share data formats and let users move seamlessly between them, providing a more trusted and connected internet.


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