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    Father of the Web Reveals Plan To Take Back Internet From Big Techs Centralized Control

    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.

    He built this app–one of the first on Solid–for his personal use. It is simple, spare. In fact, it’s so plain that, at first glance, it’s hard to see its significance. But to Berners-Lee, this is where the revolution begins. The app, using Solid’s decentralized technology, allows Berners-Lee to access all of his data seamlessly–his calendar, his music library, videos, chat, research. It’s like a mashup of Google Drive, Microsoft Outlook, Slack, Spotify, and WhatsApp.

    The difference here is that, 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.

    Circumventing government spies or corporate overlords may be the initial lure of Solid, but the bigger draw will be something even more appealing to hackers: freedom. In the centralized web, data is kept in silos–controlled by the companies that build them, like Facebook and Google. In the decentralized web, there are no silos.

    Starting this week, developers around the world will be able to start building their own decentralized apps with tools through the Inrupt site.


    Source: FastCompany

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    I hope they are successful.

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    As do I, but the link to the site wouldn't even load. Doesn't instill a lot of confidence in their infrastructure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herr Rentz View Post
    As do I, but the link to the site wouldn't even load. Doesn't instill a lot of confidence in their infrastructure.

    It has opened for me (an hour after your post)

    I don't know much about this so I'll have to look into it more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herr Rentz View Post
    As do I, but the link to the site wouldn't even load. Doesn't instill a lot of confidence in their infrastructure.
    The "FastCompany" site seems a bit overloaded with cookie requests, depending on your settings (autoblocks) might well be that it doesnt load at all. Closed it pretty quickly again since it's quite suspicious.

    The www.inrupt.com site works fine though and it's the one of interest anyway.
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    Of course , application developers who work in teams , are more successful .

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