It’s time for some Internet optimism

The Problem

If you’ve spent time on the Internet, you probably know that it has its fair share of problems. Data breaches, unsolicited advertising, an excessive number of usernames and passwords — the list goes on and on. These issues of data privacy, captured in the recent Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma (have you watched it yet?), have haunted us for as long as the Internet has existed.

Why have we accepted this as the status quo? It’s time for a change.

The Solution

As Internet Optimists, we’re daring to believe in a better Internet. By creating an @sign, our version of an online identifier (i.e. @alice), people can take back control of their own data. Watch the video below for more information on how @signs work.

Don’t have an @sign yet? 

Creating an @sign is totally free. But if you want to snatch up a certain word or name before it’s taken, you can also purchase a custom @sign of your own.

What is an @sign?

What can I do with my @sign?

At the moment, having an @sign allows you to use @apps, a specific kind of mobile app developed on our new permissions-based protocol, the @platform. The number of things you can do with your @sign will increase as more and more @apps are built.

While we wait for the rest of the Internet to catch up, you can get ahead of the game by downloading the first batch of recently launched @apps.

Learn more about these @apps here.

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