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posted by chromas on Tuesday January 22 2019, @12:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the RFC3271 dept.

Researcher Ruben Verborgh explains how to re-decentralize the World-Wide Web, for good this time. He argues that decentralization is foremost about choice and thus people should be free to join large or small communities and talks up Solid as a primary option.

Originally designed as a decentralized network, the Web has undergone a significant centralization in recent years. In order to regain freedom and control over the digital aspects of our lives, we should understand how we arrived at this point and how we can get back on track. This chapter explains the history of decentralization in a Web context, and details Tim Berners-Lee’s role in the continued battle for a free and open Web. The challenges and solutions are not purely technical in nature, but rather fit into a larger socio-economic puzzle, to which all of us are invited to contribute. Let us take back the Web for good, and leverage its full potential as envisioned by its creator.

Earlier on SN:
Tim Berners-Lee Launches Inrupt, Aims to Create a Decentralized Web (2018)
Decentralized Sharing (2014)


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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by MostCynical on Tuesday January 22 2019, @12:35PM (1 child)

    by MostCynical (2589) on Tuesday January 22 2019, @12:35PM (#790046) Journal

    what problem are they trying to solve?
    Social media?
    Paywalls?
    Balkanization?
    hosting?
    ISPs?

    If a robot can crawl through a web page, it will be indexed and you will (eventually) find it using a search engine.
    The main problem most people who want to access the internet seem to have is the ISP as gatekeeper.
    Nothing about their suggestions gets around the ISP..

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 22 2019, @03:42PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 22 2019, @03:42PM (#790099)

    The more I analyze how the WWW evolved, the more I see how much luck it had that it evolved first in a way different than a TV.
    There was an access to FAQs - a starter for beginners in any domain to start learning a new skill.
    There was an innovation in hypertext - to make people publish it was needed to learn only a simple language.
    There was a big mistake of marketing industry, who saw WWW as medium for "business cards".
    And there was lots of geeks initiative.
    Today if we make Internet decentralized, we'll get the same spam sh*t as in centralized web as we won't have such coincidences.