Tuesday, March 12, 2024

World Wide Web: 35 years; "Solid Pods"

World Wide Web turns 35: Tim Berners-Lee gives predictions for future
  • Everyone will have a personal AI assistant
  • We’ll take true ownership of our data across all platforms — including VR
  • A Big Tech company could get broken up 

"From the beginning, I always meant for the web to be a platform for creativity and collaboration," says Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web.

"The first decade of the web lived up to that promise, but that's not what we've seen in the last 20 years or so."

Sir Tim says a particular problem is the way personal data is handled. When you log in and store data in a website, it can only be used within that website.

But an open source software project, called Solid, is designed to reverse that situation.

Called a Personal Online Data Store, or Pod, it gives users control over their data, and the freedom to combine it or share it between applications.

Solid is a specification that lets individuals and groups store their data securely in decentralized data stores called Pods. Pods are like secure web servers for data. When data is stored in a Pod, its owners control which people and applications can access it.

Solid @GitHub

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