Kinzen is fully compliant with GDPR. It is one of our core design principles to separate personal information from all other data. Where we require members of Kinzen to sign up and agree to cookie and personal data usage policies we will use and store only data required to provide the service to our members. We do not display personally identifiable data of non-members as we are not a social network. Our community consists solely of signed up members who have consented to our usage of their data.
The only personally identifiable data we request from you is your email address. We use your email address to sign you into the app and to send you password reset emails. We do need to store channel names so we recommend you don’t type in anything personal. Your IP address does pass through our system but is not stored. Your selection of topics and sources in the app are linked to your email address to ensure you get news relevant to your selections.
Topics may appear under a different name than you’d expect, for example the NFL appears as the “National Football League”. Please let us know if you can’t find something you’d expect to see via firstname.lastname@example.org.
One other reason is that you may be searching for a topic that has not been written about in the last seven days by the sources in our app. Try a more specific topic or change which sources you’ve added in order to produce some results.
We’ve been working with a network of curators to identify the quality sources of news and information around specific topics. These curators are still working with our Community Editor to add more sources and improve the experience. Please note that we haven’t yet been able to include some sources for technical reasons.
We hope to build this feature into the app experience but for now, if you don't see a source you want, please let us know by emailing email@example.com.
A channel is a collection of stories given to you by Kinzen, using rules and filters that you control. You can choose to get stories from particular sources, about particular topics, or both.
This helps you split your news into distinct channels to let you get what you want, when you want it, rather than having to deal with a single collection of all news.
For this first version of the app, if you add sources you will only see stories from those sources and if you add topics you will see stories that match at least one of those topics. If you add both then you will see stories from your chosen sources that also match at least one of your chosen topics.
In the future we will allow more complex combinations of adding and removing sources and topics.
Kinzen is a news experience that speaks to your personal interests but also broadens your mind. The Discover page is where you can explore channels curated by other members of the Kinzen community. To begin, they include individual channels from members of the Kinzen curator network, who have specialist knowledge or experience in niche topics. They also include broader channels built through collaboration between Kinzen’s Community Editor and the curator network. In time, this is where we will introduce you to journalism from our publisher partners. If you have a specialist interest and want to join the curator network, sign up here.
Kinzen does not make money from advertising. However, we link to news sites that do (that is why they are freely available). We are exploring partnerships that would allow our members to purchase ad-free experiences that support quality journalism.
Yes. That’s the plan. The first version of our app draws content from the open web, and we can’t get you beyond the occasional publisher paywall you will encounter. We are working toward a future in which you will be able to subscribe to premium journalism through our app, and access the premium journalism you already pay for.
Stories that appear in your channel on the stories page are determined by the filters and settings you control in the relevance section of the channel. For this first version, we then show you the most recent stories and limit the number according to your choices on the routine page, on how far back you want to look and how long you have to read. In future versions we will offer other ordering options other than recency to allow you to determine which stories are chosen and in what order they will appear.
At Kinzen, we think about “personalisation with a purpose”. We believe we can only earn your trust if we listen to your intentions rather than just stalking your online activity or trapping you in an echo chamber.
We do not use your browsing history to keep you addicted to the same sources and opinions. We don’t rank the importance of stories in your channels on the basis of what’s trending in the wider community.
Instead, you get to improve your Kinzen experience by telling us how you personally feel about the impact of articles you see in the app. This purposeful feedback helps us improve the quality of our recommendation systems and make your experience more relevant and empowering.
Your thoughts will not be shared publicly, they are added anonymously to the collective wisdom of the community.
As of now you can contribute to the Kinzen community in a number of ways:
Join our Curator forum. We are inviting our Curators to inform and lead conversations within the Kinzen Community. As a Kinzen Curator, you have an opportunity to host a conversation around a topic of your interest and to share with the Community your go-to sources for this topic. There is also the opportunity to curate a Channel related to your topic of interest and for this Channel to publicly appear within the app. Curators are already actively in discussions at https://community.kinzen.com. If you'd like to join them, sign up as a curator at https://join.kinzen.com
Tell your friends and family! We need your help spreading the Kinzen word so please direct your family and friends to sign up via www.kinzen.com. We encourage you to talk about us (and tag us) on all social channels. And finally, if you’ve read an article that you would like to share in What’s App, Twitter, Facebook etc, please use the ‘share’ button at the bottom of the article which includes a little mention of Kinzen and will prompt people to look us up!
Our mission is to give every citizen a daily news experience that earns their trust. We are building a news community shaped by the conscious choices of its members, rather than the worst instincts of a crowd.
Kinzen rejects the creepy system of personalisation that defines so many other news apps and aggregators. We do not use your browsing history to keep you addicted to the same sources and opinions. We don’t rank the importance of stories on the basis of what your social network is thinking. Instead, our machine learning systems respond to your conscious feedback to the articles you see in your chosen channels.
Visit join.kinzen.com/reset-password to start the process of reseting your password. If you still need help then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get on it. We do not know your current password and can only tell our database to create a new, random password for you. Please do not email us your password.
If you have encountered a problem with the app, please email email@example.com and we will respond as soon as possible.
If you have feedback or questions email firstname.lastname@example.org.