Do you actually think you are solving a real problem, or just trying to cash in on the easy ICO money?
I do! We are solving a very real problem. Centralized platforms (even Reddit) control your data.
Why shouldn't you be able to take your Reddit karma or history to another platform --- why does Reddit own all the time and effort you have put in to building that Karma?
One small example of tens of thousands of centralized platforms. Nearly every consumer facing app owns and controls your information.
You don't need ethereum to implement a data export function, at all
You are certainly correct about that!
What we are building is a decentralized data exchange protocol. A network of sources exchanging data. Our Ethereum based token allows us to decentralize the process and incentivizes applications to allow users to share data.
If interested in understanding more and/or token mechanics check out our whitepaper - https://dock.io/whitepaper
dock.io is focused on creating a more open and connected internet.
What you have with LinkedIn and virtually every other platform in the professional industry is closed networks - these networks do not communicate with each other. Data silos exist due to this and users waste a lot of time from platform to platform. Additionally these centralized platforms control your information and create their own set of rules with how and where it can be used. Many times they share it with other platforms without your knowledge.
Users do not own or have control of their own information online, and they can't connect it from platform to platform. Meaning if you update your information(profiles, reviews, networks) in one platform you can't communicate that update to other platforms you use.
Lets use Reddit as an example - what if you were able to save all of your history on Reddit and use it in other platforms, at your full control of course. You could potentially import years of Reddit history into any source you wish to instantly have reputation or Karma instead of spending months to build it up from zero. This is one example of thousands of possibilities.
dock.io solves two major issues 1) gives you 100% ownership and control of your information online 2) allows you to connect all platforms you use into a sharable source of information, which is decentralized and encrypted for privacy
User data powers the $200 billion industry and the all of the consumer internet. dock.io's ambitious goal it to change the internet by allowing you to connect all of your experiences online.
I had this exact problem recently. Wanted to start working on Upwork, and of course LinkedIn made it as difficult of a process as they possibly could.
This problem becomes even worse after you spend time building up successful reviews on Upwork. The more time you spend successfully completing projects and building a strong reputation on Upwork the more dependent you become on their platform, as you can't transfer those successful projects and reviews and another freelancer platform. Upwork becomes the only place you can consistently get work.
Upwork can change fees from 10% to 20%(which happened) and you are forced you pay these high fees.
We have experienced these issues for years, and are solving this problem for professionals.