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Phunware appoints Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger to advisory board

He will help Phunware with its blockchain-enabled data ecosystem launch to decentralize data and empower consumers globally

Larry Sanger
Sanger coined the name of the internet encyclopedia Wikipedia and wrote much of its original governing policy

Phunware Inc (NASDAQ:PHUN) announced Tuesday that it has appointed well-known American internet project developer and Wikipedia co-founder Larry Mark Sanger, to its advisory board.

Sanger coined the name of the internet encyclopedia Wikipedia and wrote much of its original governing policy.

Sanger has also worked on other online educational websites such as Nupedia, Citizendium, Everipedia and the Encyclosphere.

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“Dr Sanger’s recent declaration of digital independence underscored how invaluable his experience and leadership will be as we work to decentralize data through the launch of our blockchain-enabled, mobile-first ecosystem powered by PhunCoin and Phun,” said Randall Crowder, chief operating officer with Phunware.

“We believe that the future of data will be decentralized. As such, we are seeding our ecosystem with more than 2.5 billion Phunware IDs and more than one petabyte of data in order to facilitate consumers in their efforts to regain full control over their digital identities worldwide,” he added.

According to Phunware, Sanger has also commercially expanded his doctoral dissertation focused on the theory of knowledge, writing and speaking frequently about both the internet and its unique online communities and organizations.

Besides the internet, Sanger's interests have been focused mainly on philosophy — in particular epistemology, early modern philosophy, and ethics. He taught philosophy at his alma mater Ohio State University.

"The most reliable guarantee of our privacy, security and free speech is not in the form of any enterprise, organization or government, but instead in the free agreement among free individuals to use common standards and protocols," said Sanger.

"The vast power wielded by social networks of the early 21st century, putting our digital rights in serious jeopardy, demonstrates that we must engineer new — but old-fashioned — decentralized networks that make such clearly dangerous concentrations of power impossible."

Sanger will assist Phunware with its blockchain-enabled data ecosystem launch in order to decentralize data and empower consumers globally through seven key tenants:

• Incorporate and use open, common standards and protocols;

• Allow multiple publishers;

• Allow equal and open access to all publishers;

• Ensure that there is no central or singular content repository;

• Provide multiple readers, including equal access to the entire network by all participants;

• Allow all users and individuals;

• Allow all users and individuals to control their own content.

Phunware’s award-winning Multiscreen-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform cloud platform for mobile enables brands to engage, manage and monetize their mobile application portfolios and audiences globally at scale. The Multiscreen-as-a-Service platform offering includes software development kits (SDKs), vertical solutions, a mobile application framework and data products.

Since inception, Phunware has created more than 2.5 billion Phunware IDs representing mobile devices connected to networks. Its data offerings enable brands to more accurately reach their target consumers.

Contact the author Uttara Choudhury at uttara@proactiveinvestors.com

Follow her on Twitter: @UttaraProactive 

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