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posted by martyb on Sunday September 30 2018, @11:54PM   Printer-friendly
from the make-the-web-a-web-again dept.

Exclusive: Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web

This week, Berners-Lee will launch Inrupt, a startup that he has been building, in stealth mode, for the past nine months. Backed by Glasswing Ventures, its mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it. In other words, it's game on for Facebook, Google, Amazon. For years now, Berners-Lee and other internet activists have been dreaming of a digital utopia where individuals control their own data and the internet remains free and open. But for Berners-Lee, the time for dreaming is over.

"We have to do it now," he says, displaying an intensity and urgency that is uncharacteristic for this soft-spoken academic. "It's a historical moment." Ever since revelations emerged that Facebook had allowed people's data to be misused by political operatives, Berners-Lee has felt an imperative to get this digital idyll into the real world. In a post published this weekend, Berners-Lee explains that he is taking a sabbatical from MIT to work full time on Inrupt. The company will be the first major commercial venture built off of Solid, a decentralized web platform he and others at MIT have spent years building.

If all goes as planned, Inrupt will be to Solid what Netscape once was for many first-time users of the web: an easy way in. And like with Netscape, Berners-Lee hopes Inrupt will be just the first of many companies to emerge from Solid.

[...] [On] Solid, all the information is under his control. Every bit of data he creates or adds on Solid exists within a Solid pod–which is an acronym for personal online data store. These pods are what give Solid users control over their applications and information on the web. Anyone using the platform will get a Solid identity and Solid pod. This is how people, Berners-Lee says, will take back the power of the web from corporations.

How does Solid compare to Tor, I2P, Freenet, IPFS, Diaspora, etc.?

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  • (Score: 2) by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us on Monday October 01 2018, @03:31PM

    by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us (6553) on Monday October 01 2018, @03:31PM (#742324) Journal

    Is this some sort of decentralized social network, or just a repository for personal data? (Or an "other" where Because the latter solves *nothing*. One only gets so far hosting your own data when the real vulnerability comes when it is shared. And there then *shall* be a way for those whom you share it with to profit by further sharing on back to that same Book which makes its money by selling various Faces profiles. If you're not explicitly required to share stuff to get the candy - want Buzzfeed updates straight to your POD? Just share your X in return and you get that! - then your friends will be bribed with added functionality for their PODs by turning over what they know about you.

    The problem will *always* come in at the moment you want interactivity with the wider world. As it always has been. Because this is a human problem, not a technical problem.

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