An open-source and distributed operating system for the Internet of Impact.
Developed by an international collective of software developers, data scientists, and sustainability experts.
Imagine a world where you know exactly what you are buying. How many hours of child labour, how many tonnes of CO2 , how many rare earth minerals mined in unethical conditions.
To know the exact, real-time social and environmental impacts of our choices, we need a new way to collect, store and access the data related to the products and services we take for granted.
Instans aims to revolutionise the way we access and use information about our lifestyles. Giving us the ability to not only evaluate the true cost of product choices, but to understand our own “impact budget”.
Breaking free from centralised corporate control (and misaligned intentions) instans utilises next generation distributed data protocols, where everyone contributes and everyone is accountable.
This is the future of the internet - the Internet of Impact.
New business models and market opportunities
Separating data storage from cloud software creates three different and complementary markets (where currently there is only one). One market for cloud data storage, another market for end-user software functionality, and a third market for the data itself:
- Choose the level of data security and privacy independently from the cloud services and web apps you use. For example, you may want to store all your data on a server in the living room, or you may pay to store data in a highly secure cloud based data centre so that it remains secure and private, or you may be happy to store your data for free in a cloud based data centre and "pay" for this service by allowing third party advertising agencies to build and sell your profile to commercial corporations.
- Easily switch cloud software and web apps without losing your data, because all data are stored in pods that you control. You just need to disable access to one provider and enable access to another. Zero barriers to switching means that cloud software providers need to earn greater trust of their users. Software companies will think much harder before exploiting the data and privacy of their users.
- You decide whether you share data for free or a commercial charge. Software vendors can still harness content and user data for commercial gains, but with greater transparency and more respect for the people involved. This changes the social contract with cloud software companies, who will need to consider sharing the commercial benefit of data more equitably with users who are able to revoke consent to their data at any time.