Connecting Cornwall: An Open Online Community

by Euan Jackson in Bodmin, England, United Kingdom

Connecting Cornwall: An Open Online Community


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An alternative online community uniquely focussed on Cornwall highlighting the best of Cornwall, business, events and charities.

by Euan Jackson in Bodmin, England, United Kingdom

From Drekkly, Cornwall,

Hi Cornwall! My name is EuanJackson and I am the founder and developer behind Drekkly. I live near Colliford Lake, up on Bodmin Moor, an area of outstanding natural beauty and outstanding amounts of annual rainfall...

I have been developing web technology over a number of years and this has naturally lead to a desire to build a unique online community for Cornwall. A community tool I would define as: By Cornwall For Cornwall About Cornwall.

I believe this is good thing for Cornwall. For connecting us more dynamically to what is happening across Cornwall; to highlight positively the very best of our shared lives here and doing it all through a better approach to social media ethics.


Social Media is a well known means for people to communicate across the internet. These can be via simple posts sharing your latest thoughts about something to uploading images and videos that capture the special moments and milestones of your life. 

Others can then see these and interact with your moment via various responses: comments, reactions, reshares, etc. Most of us are familiar with the public working of a social media platform.

Drekkly is not trying to reinvent the wheel in respect of what others are already doing successfully, such as Facebook or Twitter and the like.

However for me, what I want to do is narrow the scope of the platform much more to make it all about all things Cornwall; in essence an online community platform by Cornwall, for Cornwall, about Cornwall.

That translates to people in Cornwall posting about the things we are priviledged to experience every day here, whatever they are. Small or great, frequent or unique, they are all snapshots in time that represent Cornwall, Cornishness and life here.

Therefore, Drekkly is content-driven by you; you, the user, are the one who drives what makes Drekkly what it is now and what it will become. We are all part of a community creating a powerful expression of Cornwall online!


Secondly, many have become greatly concerned about the invasive nature of large corporations who have and are harvesting huge amounts of data from peoples' public and private lives. This is then sold on to third-parties, who further extract from that data information for marketing purposes and in certain cirumstances, far more devious ends. This has created a billion dollar plus industry of trading identities as commodities.

We have seen in the past few years some spectacular data breaches on these platforms and a late apology of complicity in how personal data was willingly abused and traded.

And these are the abuses of user trust we know of. We can only conclude there have been many more but remain hushed to prevent legal incrimination, investor and public outcry. I left these platforms for exactly these reasons as many have done as a protest to the handling of our information and the lack of transparency offered.

This is simply not unacceptable on any level and betrays what many have suspected about large corporations solely as providing services to exploit information extraction for profit.

We accept that using a public accessible social media platform waives certain rights to privacy but not all. This is the danger in that many simply do not realise the sheer scale of personal data being sold on through unverified third-party apps, advertising partners, data breaches and more. 

Consequently, people want to socially interact but demand better protection for their data and personal information.

Drekkly will be more transparent, open and clear about data usage.

I have a roadmap of ideas I want to bring into Drekkly. Some of this will be introduced in the short-term, some a bit further down the road.

Such features will include posting Events, News from across Cornwall, Accomodation, Employment Opportunities, Live Music, Community Marketplace, highlighting the amazing Charity & Voluntary sector. I shall also be developing some advertising to help Cornish businesses get exposure for their products and services. Cornwall needs financial investment and this is our small attempt to help attract that investment.

I do hope you can grasp the vision and help me create something amazing and unique for Cornwall, bringing investment, lifestyle change and highlighting the variety of life here.


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