Bluenumber Foundation Inc

Identity. Yourself.

New York, NY   |  https://bluenumber.org/

Mission

The mission of the Bluenumber Foundation is to change how people and organisations own, manage and benefit from use of their digital identity and data.

Ruling year info

2015

President

Dr Puvan J Selvanathan

Director of Advocacy and Data Governance

Roger D Branigin III

Main address

85 Broad St Fl16

New York, NY 10004 USA

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EIN

47-4271112

NTEE code info

Economic Development (S30)

Management & Technical Assistance (K02)

Employee & Workers' Rights (R29)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Data is the most valuable property in the digital world, but we do not own our own data. We want to establish Data Property Rights so a person can own their own Digital Identity, have recourse if their data assets are stolen or used without their consent, and earn income from the data that they generate to enable business and governance. The 'early' digital world, comprising developed countries, are already data slaves. The information and content we generate though our digital activities, technology and devices is used by others freely or without proper compensation to us. We may be beyond salvation. The emerging digital citizen - teenagers in developing countries joining the digital economy with affordable smartphones and free connectivity - should be saved from data slavery. They must have access to knowledge and tools so they know what their data is worth and how to use it to create better lives for themselves and equity in our future society.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SDG Scorecard

The B# SDG Scorecard is a measure of an individual using the metrics of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs are 17 ambitious aims laid out in 2015 to improve global living conditions and environmental sustainability. This SDG scorecard can aggregate scores of individuals to show an SDG score for families, households, and communities.

The Scorecard measures how the socially and environmentally responsible practices of Governments, businesses, and NGOs are generating a positive impact in the communities they are being implemented in. This information can be used to suggest improvements, point out areas where targets are not being met, and inform the general public, consumers, or donors.

Population(s) Served
Farmers
Migrant workers

BCX (BlueChip Exchange) is a grassroots project funding tool. Small business owners can create NFSTs (non-fungible sustainability tokens) using data about their businesses. These can then be bought, allowing the NFSTs' owners to own part of the project's social impact as a digital asset. 

Population(s) Served

Million Makers is a web-based app that pays workers to generate and share data about the safety of the supply chains they are a part of. Organizations will use this app to ask questions about workers, who own all the data they create on this app and choose who to share it with. This data is then presented back to organizations in a detailed report which can be compared to traditional audits, presented to shareholders, and used to make improvements to modern slavery policy.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Immigrants
Refugees and displaced people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We believe that Personal Data as personal property is a necessary foundation for our future as we increasingly become described and defined by our data. We are providing support to digital platforms and initiatives that advance Data Property Rights as basic 'Digital' Human Rights. We center this on self-sovereign, peer-validated Digital Identity (DID) to which such rights can accrue. We want these provisions to be available especially to new, young actors in the Global South, and for any person where digital connectivity will be transformative and offer life-changing opportunities. We want to provide DID to the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) both geographically and socio-economically. We believe that doing so will free people from absolute reliance on governments and others to behave properly as far as their data and identity is concerned.

We adopted the SDGs as a universal framework and developed a beneficiary-centric approach. We developed a freely-available self-sovereign Digital ID to which people can accrue Data Property Rights. We have supported projects to test our SDG Scorecard and enable direct payment to beneficiaries by using self-reported environmental and social practice performance indicators.

Our base strategy to date has been engaging farmers in developing countries. They embody the 'first-mile' of local development. If we can connect them and recognize digital rights, then we can build rural wealth by enabling access to finance and markets, foster partnerships for better practice and productivity, which leads to more income to catalyze development and the SDGs.

We count on the fact that connectivity and evolving digital values is only a matter of time. We strategize to make that happen as quickly as possible.

We were founded by, and continue to be led by, experts in Human Rights and Technology. Our Board and contributors comprise former senior United Nations staffers who were integral to developing the SDGs, corporate legal and risk experts, as well as non-profit leaders from both developed and developing countries.

We have developed service-type offerings to independently evaluate and certify claims by companies or for projects. Our program contributors have domain expertise in supply chains, workers' rights, foreign and migrant worker issues, as well as how these link and interface at the national and intergovernmental policy levels.

We have trusted and established partners in South, East and Southeast Asia, also West and East Africa, with whom we can execute programs and projects.

We have established the basis for Digital ID by building a platform to enable any Person to generate their unique B# and link themselves to their peers and physical Places and Things. We have embedded into this process the ability to tag Data Property Rights. We designed and deployed our SDG Scorecard to over 2,000 farmers in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Cote d'Ivoire and Japan. We have demonstrated how to use this framework for beneficiary-centric incentives and initiatives. We nurtured HumanID, a tool to protect privacy while validating that participants and respondents in a digital endeavor are human (and not bots). We developed a process to gather, triangulate and present data as Public Goods - for example a Global Palm Oil Map layering sourcing from all brands' sources to inform conscious consumers and track health hazards from open burning.

Next - we developed GreenZone for people revive local economies post-Covid without sacrificing personal liberties though contact tracing.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Bluenumber Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 07/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Roger Branigin

Bluenumber

Term: 2021 - 2023

Brian Yu

HumanID

Peace Kuteesa

UNDP

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/23/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability