Tim Berners-Lee reveals his vision for a new web using Solid

  • Tim Berners-Lee reveals his vision for a new web using Solid

Tim Berners-Lee reveals his vision for a new web using Solid

He said Solid was guided by the principle of "personal empowerment through data" which is fundamental to the success of the next era of the web.

Since POD store data can only be shared with apps Solid has created or licensed you won't be able to use the likes of Facebook, Gmail or Spotify with it. "But for all the good we've achieved, the web has evolved into an engine of inequity and division; swayed by powerful forces who use it for their own agendas". Just a day earlier, Facebook provided a reminder of exactly the kind of thing that Berners-Lee is kicking against, when it revealed the details of a massive data breach affecting 50 million users. "As we've all discovered, this hasn't been in our best interests".

He said Berners-Lee's project, however, is much less developed than the current blockchain technology, the basis for cryptocurrencies such at bitcoin. They can then view and delete this data at any time and decide who or which organisations can gain access to it.

"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", Berners-Leet told Fast Company in what amounts to a clear shot across their corporate bows. "We are not asking their permission". To focus his energies on Inrupt, he is taking a sabbatical from MIT but will continue as founder and director of the W3 Consortium, the governing body of the WorldWide Web, along with the Web Foundation and the Open Data Institute, as he believes all three bodies are "vital components for protecting what has been - and what will come".

The Solid pods are hosted on Solid-enabled Web servers, which can be run by the user at home (or workplace) or by a online Solid pod provider (there are now two). The creator of the web, Tim Berners-Lee wants to change that with a new project he has launched.

Now, though, Berners-Lee isn't so pleased with the direction the web has taken. Every bit of data he creates or adds on Solid exists within a Solid pod-which is an acronym for personal online data store.

"I've always believed the web is for everyone".

"But he's a wonderful man and a historic figure, and I think he's going to learn to work with the blockchain rather than try to supplant it", he said.

"People want apps that help them do what they want and need to do - without spying on them", wrote Sir Tim. Essentially, it allows users to choose where the data is stored, as well as which apps, people or groups can read or modify which elements of such data. Install the Solid Server on your own server at your home or workplace, or Get a Solid POD from a listed provider.