We deserve a gentler Internet.
The Slow Web Initiative is a boutique studio and a Think Tank focused on Europe Internet Ethical Renaissance.
We live in a world where "Big Tech" commercialize everything we do, own, and think. Technology pivoted from being a useful companion in our lives into an tyrannical manager.
As this need for control grows, it is time to retreat to create something else: a place where our digital ownership, our creative autonomy, and our humanity are preserved.
Remember, when our intimacy was not threatened by algorithms, where we could move our content from one service or one device to another when the Internet meant freedom.
To recreate that lost feeling, we have launched Polite.one, the first Slow Web Platform.
Why do we need a Slow Web?
There is a say: "We are what we eat." What is true with food is also valid with Software.
As Most services prioritize capturing our attention, monetization, and data harvesting over the user's best interest, the technology we use every day is not digestible anymore.
The Slow Web embodies the idea that we can use technology again for our benefit, to develop healthy habits.
Think of it as the equivalent of "Organic Food" for Technology.
The Slow Web principles:
The right to Transparency.
Design products that are not trying to hide how they use our content and personal data.
The right to Non-manipulative design.
Create products that are not pushing us to do things we had not intended to do.
The right to full Privacy.
Combine strong Privacy while keeping the full benefits of the product.
The right to Leave.
Give users the power to quit a service, remove all their data, and terminate the relationship without any hassle.
Polite.one the slow web platform:
Because it didn’t exist, we’ve created two products to give us back control over our digital life.
They offer private, ad-free, and manually controlled access to your content. Our launching price is 50€/ year.
A home for your files.
A File Browser to access and use all your storage from one place.
A nest for your culture.
A well-curated Newsfeed to harness the chaos of social media.
A different think tank:
Created by Tariq Krim, a Tech entrepreneur and pioneer of independent platforms, the Slow Web Initiative has gathered a small group of developers, designers, and legal experts to imagine the Internet's ethical renaissance.
While most Think Tanks celebrates the unrestrained growth of technology, we focus our time looking for better and ethical alternatives.
"Human first, machine second" is our motto. Our mission is to promote a new wave of Software that truly respects privacy, are transparent, and limit their contribution to climate change (carbon negative software).
Behind the apparent simplicity of the digital economy, there is a new geopolitical complexity that we help our partners unravel: The Tech Cold War, GDPR vs. Cloud Act, the opportunities around Data residency, and Data portability.
We also advise companies, institutions, and governments to learn how to transition to a digital sovereign model that relies less on big Tech and more on local vetted technology providers.
We publish a newsletter on the matter: recompute. If you would like to work with us, you can contact us here.