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Three companies and five research institutions cooperate in the interdisciplinary network BackMeUp to raise the awareness of personal data that is shared in different web 2.0 platforms on the one hand. On the other hand, BackMeUp shall provide the possibility of archiving data - that is stored in numerous online platforms - in one backup.

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Logo BackMeUpData volume in the Internet - that is moreover deserving protection - is increasing permanently. Applications of web 2.0 and cloud computing enjoy great popularity, despite of the danger and the problems that come along with them. The (personal) digital heritage of million of users is entrusted to a few provider of web services and social networks. These providers can shortly decide to close down their service or only offer their services with costs.

Economic changes, the acquisition of companies or the bankruptcy of service provider are only a few examples which can cause the loss of digital data stored in social networks. If the service is not available for days or for hours or data get lost due to a server failure at the provider, this will probably result in bad consequences, especially for companies.

BackMeUp deals with these dangers that come along with the saving of data in the cloud and researches with associates that have complementary competences in the field of economy, technology, legislation and social policy:

  • X-Net Services GmbH
  • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
  • ARS ELECTRONICA LINZ GmbH, Ars Electronica Futurelab
  • BDF-net Agentur für neue Medien GmbH
  • FH Hagenberg
  • gtn gmbh
  • Institut für Datenverarbeitung an der Johannes Kepler Universität LInz
  • Institut für Verfassungs- und Verwaltungsrecht an der Universität Salzburg


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Together with our associates, we realized a prototypical solution that integrates complex judicial and social problems. Besides the saving of data divided on different servers worldwide, the absence of export functions in many cases or data privacy, especially the differing legal practices in countries worldwide are to be involved when developing a backup service. Worldwide divided data meet user worldwide that are subject to differing legal regulations and situations.

Logo FFGThe project BackMeUp was funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) in the national structural program COIN - 'Cooperation and Networks'.


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