New Faces and New Directions

Lots of changes are on the horizon for The CitizenWeb Project these days, and I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know what we’re working on for the future.

This Project grew out of a vague idea of mine back in 2012: a collective that would fight for an open and decentralized Web, an ‘incubator’ of sorts for ambitious projects in this space, and an endeavour to even produce software ourselves that would tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the Web today. It was always intended as a group effort, to build on the experiences of multiple talented individuals, and to share resources to overcome traditional problems. While arkOS held a wildly successful funding campaign and already has a great start in terms of development and community, it’s not just the work of one person. Let alone all of the other things I’d like CitizenWeb to take on in the future.

With this in mind, I’ve been taking concrete steps toward making The CitizenWeb Project into a more structured organization: sharpening our focus, declaring our values, rolling up our sleeves and getting to work. Here are some of the steps we are taking, starting now, to advance this:

  • Recruitment and hire of two aforementioned Director positions to oversee project management and support, and technical development
  • Reincorporating as a non-profit entity, fully dedicated to furthering causes of the decentralized Web
  • Pursuing grants and donations to launch drive toward sustainable operations
  • Establishing an exciting list of low-cost value-added services to support operations in the future and to improve the decentralized experience for end users
  • Rededicating ourselves to a core mission: working for the decentralization of the Internet via the proliferation of well-designed and easy-to-use tools.

In keeping with these points, I’d like to announce the recruitment of our directors: Tom Atkins, as Assistant Program Director; and Steve Phillips, as Technical Director. Between the two of them is a wealth of experience in many areas of management, technology and open-source development, as well as the enthusiasm and drive required to achieve our fledgling organization’s lofty goals. Tom will be handling much of the day-to-day management work of The CitizenWeb Project, including working on user experience (UX) matters, community relations, marketing, support, documentation and much more. Steve will bring his expertise to help us oversee and develop arkOS, the value-added services in arkOS CONNECT, our general infrastructure, and additional tools and platforms in the future.

Stay tuned for personal introductions from our two new Directors. On behalf of our team, I’d like to thank the community for their support up to this point, and look forward to the amazing new things we can put together for you and with you!