The founder of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee has revealed his intention to revolutionize the internet where you control your data.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989, described his bold new project as a reaction to the current state of the web.
The internet is not what he wanted it to be. It has finally exploded into his dream of an open resource that everyone can see and interact with, purchase things, connect and innovate on. But that’s come with something no one saw coming back when the internet was in its infancy: unwanted control and manipulation of our data. He expressed his distaste at how major corporations have taken what was supposed to be a free environment and placed restrictions on it.
So, his plans for a ‘New Internet’ would decentralize the system and take power back from current kings including Google, Facebook, and Amazon. He is working on a new platform and startup that’s declaring war on Big Tech.
For several years, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and his team at MIT have been developing a decentralized platform designed to give every internet user full control over their data: Solid (Social Linked Data). This week he is revealing the first start-up to take advantage of the Solid platform, called Inrupt. Berners-Lee and his partner John Bruce will lead a small team of inspired developers to take the power back from the internet giants.
“The intent is world domination. We are not talking to Facebook and Google about whether or not to introduce a complete change where all their business models are completely upended overnight. We are not asking their permission.”
The basic idea is that each user is assigned a Solid ID and Solid pod when they first come online on the platform that can be hosted wherever you want. Pod here stands for Personal Online Data storage system, is simply a file that contains all your data: videos, images, calendar, address, preferences, friend lists, and every other thing. Instead, of apps like Google Drive, where your data is stored on the company’s server and therefore subject to their data harvesting. However, on Solid, all your data exists in your Solid pod. When an app requests access, Solid will authenticate and then you can choose to give it access to your pod.