25 Jan 2018

Day One : Cozy Cloud launches Cozy

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Today is a really big day here at Cozy Cloud’s headquarters, as we’ve just announced that Cozy is made available to the general public. No more Beta tag, we’re going final! It feels great to say this out loud.

We’ve held our very first press conference this morning, where we’ve shared this press release.

What’s new?

The Beta tag is gone and Cozy is ready for prime time: everybody can create his personal Cozy instance. Of course, if you were a Beta tester, you’ll keep your own instance going forward. Also, we encourage you to recommend Cozy to everyone you know: just tell them to visit https://cozy.io/ and click on the blue Get Cozy button.

On top of giving away free Cozy instances, we’ve proposing to those who want to store a lot of data to get optional disk space. Here is how it works:

  1. a Cozy for free for ever, including 5GB of disk space
  2. a Cozy with 50GB of disk space for 2.99€ a month
  3. a Cozy with 1000GB of disk space for 9.99€ a month.

Furthermore, Cozy is getting more and more features. We’re including a new Cozy Banks app, along with connectors that collect your bank records and store them in your Cozy. The Banks app is still in Beta while we make sure that connectors work as intended.

Understanding Cozy to explain what it does

It’s not always easy to explain what Cozy does, so we’ve written these three paragraphs to help:

  1. Cozy is your digital home. It’s your own place, with your data in it!
  2. Your Cozy collects your data for you, from third parties so that you can use it easily. How does this work? With connectors that place the data in proper directories
  3. You can trust Cozy and you can control it because it’s open source software (so it can be audited) and, if you want and know how to do it properly, you can host it yourself. Oh, it should be obvious by now, but to make sure, we should also mention that Cozy is not analyzing your data nor reselling it.

The beginning of a movement.

Sunday January 28 is the world data protection day. This week, we’re celebrating the 40 years of the French Data Protection Authority. On May 25, a new right is going to be created: the right for data portability, thanks to the GDPR. A few days ago, even Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg stated that technology should be decentralized to provide more power to the people. This is exactly what Cozy aims to do, right from day one. I hope that this is the beginning of a movement. To take part in this movement, why don’t you open your own Cozy instance? Head over to the Cozy home page and click on the blue Get Cozy button and tell everyone around you!

18 Jan 2018

How Facebooks makes us addicted

Mark Zuckerberg has recently explained that one of his 2018 goals was to make “sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent”. Well, Sean Parker, Facebook’s former President, begs to differ. In a recent video, he explained that thought process behind building the social media giant was: “How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?”

Click on the image to see the video:

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If you speak French, you may be interested in a short video I recently made on this topic:

Tristan Nitot - Prenons-nous le risque de vivre dans Matrix ? from Cozy Cloud on Vimeo.

All of this really made us think of how different we want Cozy to be. Cozy is open source, and it’s about to serve humans above all, not advertisers (we don’t have advertisers). Of course we want to make a product that a delight to use, but above all, it has to be about serving its users, while protecting their personal data.

12 Dec 2017

Should Google be broken up in the name of Future Generations?

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A few days ago, I was invited to be testify on a mock trial for future generations by the Usbek & Rica magazine. It’s an improvised play aiming at discussing serious matters in non serious ways. The topic of the day was “should Google be broken up for antitrust reasons?”. Anne-Gabrielle  […]

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1 Dec 2017

Cozy Cloud at Paris Open Source Summit

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Like every year, Cozy Cloud is a proud sponsor of the Paris Open Source Summit event that will take place on December 6 and 7, 2017 near Paris. Come and see us on stand B26! The Cozy team will be on stand B26 where one will be able to try Cozy V3 Beta and meet with Cozy developers. If you wnat to  […]

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13 Nov 2017

Cozy on the road

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In the upcoming weeks, Cozy is going places. If you happen to be around, come and say hi! Wednesday 15/11/2017 : presentation about the personal cloud approach during Cloud Expo Europe in Paris, by Tristan; Thursday 16/11/2017 : 3 hands-on session Meetups in Paris : Connectors for Cozy V3;  […]

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