Those of you who are regular readers here know that privacy is one of my many concerns. Heck, that’s one of the reasons why I’m still on the dark web.
Thus, I was pleased to hear that Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web as we know it, is starting a new “internet” project called Solid. The project is intended to decentralize the internet and take the power away from giants like Facebook, Google, and Amazon while giving users much more control over their data.
I’m sure the interface will look different, but the idea sounds similar. On Blockstack, in an analogous manner to Solid, the idea is that the apps you use are “decentralized,” and that you have control over your private data, using cryptographic keys.
The keys replace the traditional username/password system as well. Berners-Lee mentioned the fact that on Solid, you’ll use “pods” (personal online data stores) to control and keep track of your data, which is reminiscent of Diaspora.
I’m sure that in practice, Solid will be unique, and it will probably use different hash functions and such, but the idea of it sounds great. I hope that, in time, it will catch on and more people will join. Let’s all become pod people! (Wait…that came out wrong.)
According to what I’ve read, Berners-Lee is collaborating with Inrupt, a startup company co-founded by John Bruce. Inrupt is working on the project to help make it a reality. Consider me one of your supporters, guys!
By the way, if you think I’m being overly paranoid about the privacy stuff, check out this article: Massive Facebook Security Breach Compromises 50 Million Users, Zuckerberg’s Account Also Affected. You might be one of them – check and see.
Anyhow, I’ll continue to write about this more as the project develops. Once it’s available, I’m joining!