The plan of the creator of the web so that we have more control of our data

The plan of the creator of the web so that we have more control of our data
Tim Berners-Lee is considered "the father of the internet."
The inventor of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, is not satisfied with the direction the internet is taking. That is why he has created a technology with which he wants to revolutionize the world once again.

The idea is that Internet users regain control over our data and create, in a certain way, a new decentralized internet.

It is a platform that has been called Solid, a system that puts all personal information in the same space, so that people can decide what they share in each service or on each page (and maybe avoid scandals like from Cambridge Analytica).


The internet pioneer said that Solid is necessary because the way in which different online services manage the data of its users does not serve the interests of the people.

Solid has been configured as an open source project in which everyone can participate.

In addition, Berners-Lee has created a company called Inrupt to build the basic infrastructure that Solid requires.
But how did the idea come about?

"An engine of inequality"

"The web has evolved into an engine of inequality and division, influenced by powerful forces that use it to establish their own agendas," Berners-Lee wrote in an article he published on Medium.

Solid will serve to restore balance on the web because it will allow people to never lose control of their data, he said.

"People want applications that help them do what they want and need to do without being spied on, using apps that do not have the hidden motive of distracting them with their proposals to buy this or that."


"Containers" of data

Berners-Lee hopes to break the data silos of the network by storing them securely in spaces called "pods" (containers) in which people deposit information such as their contact information, images and video.

The data will always remain in those "pods" and online services should require access to them, instead of waiting for that data to be uploaded to your sites and servers directly.

The "pods" can be understood as if they were something like a USB or a personal web page. According to Berners-Lee, users will be able to decide who gives access to them, depending on the types of data they contain.

People could have more than one data container for different purposes, he added.

"With Solid you will have a much more personal control over the data, you decide which apps can access them," said the computer.

Gathering data in a single silo will also make it easier for applications to analyze and offer benefits, he said.


Berners-Lee hopes that Solid will make the web look more like how it was conceived when it was born.
However, it has received some criticism.
The plan of the creator of the web so that we have more control of our data
La informaciĆ³n que damos sobre nosotros en internet escapa a nuestro control, dice Berners-Lee.

"Overrated"

Journalist and technology commentator Bryan Lunduke is skeptical about Solid's possibilities and says the technology "is being overrated."

"Solid does a small fraction of things like Dropbox or Nextcloud can do and is too complex. It will not succeed", he said on Twitter.



And identity and privacy researcher Steve Wilson asked: "Even if people could control all their personal data, what does Solid do behind us with all the data he collects about us?"

"Do we know what proportion of personal data is generated without the individual's participation knowing it?"



Tim Berners-Lee has taken a sabbatical from his work at MIT, the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the USA, and withdrew from the World Wide Web Consortium - the W3C, an international group that generates recommendations and standards that they are used on the internet to create Solid.


Through his company Inrup he is looking for application developers and other online services to adopt Solid and start to prove it seriously.

It is not yet known if Solid will be adopted in a generalized manner, and may have to face some obstacles.

For example, the fact that for many internet companies the data is their most valuable possession and they may not want to give it up easily.

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