From darkness into lite

From darkness into lite 1024 565 StJohn Deakins

Sometimes, it’s not until you’re within reach of a long-held goal that you see it with fresh eyes…

As you know, at CitizenMe we’re not just fans of transparency, it’s a value we aim to uphold in all we do. Recently we shared the news of our plans to launch our app on an initial exclusive, invitation-only basis. Then came a bombshell: Being ‘exclusive’ is fine to give us some initial feedback on ease of use and even as a marketing tool, but it’s not who we are.

This revelation caught us by surprise. We’d been so focused on building our solution we lost sight of delivering it in the most accessible and open way. Why would we stop anyone from taking back control of their digital identity, or make them wait in line to exercise their fundamental rights as a digital citizen? It may be a fashionable approach, but it flies in the face of all our beliefs!

After some intensive discussions with every member of our team, I’m proud to say this near misstep has given us an opportunity to create what is arguably the most inclusive, open and transparent app you could imagine: CitizenMe lite

It’s 100% *data* free – no data collection, no email sign in to access.  We can’t wait to share it with you – so here’s a sneak preview:


CitizenMe lite (coming soon to the App Store)

Our thanks to everyone who has already shared their email address with us – don’t worry we’ll only use this to keep you updated about important developments and milestones – like letting you know as soon as CitizenMe lite is is available in the App Store and the progress of the Android version.



Photo credit: Tambako The Jaguar – Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)

StJohn Deakins

StJohn founded CitizenMe with the aim to take on the biggest challenge in the Information Age: helping digital citizens gain control of their digital identity. Personal data has meaning and value to everyone, but there is an absence of digital tools to help people realise its value. With CitizenMe, StJohn aims to fix that. With a depth of experience digitising and mobilising businesses, StJohn aims for positive change in the personal information economy. Oh… and he loves liquorice.

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