The father of the Internet, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, is considered the inventor of the WorldWideWeb (WWW). He recently indicated that the decentralized internet that he Solid project does not need blockchain technology.
At one of the recent conferences of The next web website, Sir Tim Berners-Lee said the decentralized internet he wants to promote doesn’t need blockchain. He has his own vision for the successor to the web: a decentralized architecture that gives users control over their data.
Berners-Lee has long argued for the need to decentralize his own creation, the WWW. That is why he was asked in the context of The Next Web conferences whether Web 3.0 meets his needs. His answer was a simple but firm “no”.
Father of the Internet: Ambitions for Project Solid
Berners-Lee has been working on ‘Project Solid’ for several years now. It is built with standard web tools and open specifications, while Web 3.0 is based on blockchain.
In Berners-Lee’s project, private information is stored in decentralized data stores called pods. They can be hosted anywhere the user wants. Users can then choose which apps can access their data. The idea of this project is to provide interoperability, speed, scalability and privacy.
He said, “If you try to build those things on the blockchain, it just doesn’t work.”
According to Berners-Lee, Solid has two distinct goals: one is to prevent companies from misusing our data for unsolicited purposes, manipulating voters, and generating clickbait. And the second is to provide opportunities to take advantage of our information.
In this way, for example, healthcare data can be shared between trusted services to improve our treatment and support medical research.
“I wanted to be able to solve problems when part of the solution is in my head and part of the solution is in yours, and you on the other side of the planet, both connected to the internet. This is what I wanted for the WWW. It became more of a means of publishing content, but all is not lost.”
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The auctioned NFT contains the original time-stamped files written by its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, in 1989 while working in the CERN labs. The company dismissed Berners-Lee’s idea as too vague to proceed.
Although CERN did not accept it, Berners-Lee remained optimistic and wrote the implementation of three languages and protocols himself. Ultimately, it was 9,555 lines of code that would become the Internet.
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