Happy New Year from the HAT team!
2018 is going to be big. 2017 was a year of building, a year of preparation, of putting many many pieces in place; 2018 will be the year we turn what we've built into value for our community – the ability to learn from, use, and control your own data. And we're very excited about it. Get ahead, and support all the development work we're doing by downloading the HAT App, if you're on iOS), or getting yourself a HAT on the web, if you're not, then telling us everything that you think about it by joining our gang of testers. Forward MadHATTERs to your friends who care about data, spread the word on data empowerment and control – there's a lot happening in 2018 which will really push this message, and show the world that there is another way to interact with digital services.
Irene is in Norway this week, at NHH in Bergen – checkout her slides talking about the new regulation of PSD2 (Payment Services Directive 2), spending data that is about to be available in a few weeks, and the HAT!
A lot of thinking has also gone on about the overlaps and distinctions between the HAT Ecosystem and the Blockchain Ecosystem – both are disruptive, both are decentralising, but there are some key points of difference which Irene teases out in her latest blog post. Give it a read!
Yours in HAT,