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The Inventor of the Internet, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Wants to Save Your Data From Big Tech with Browser Pods

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Inrupt - The Inventor of the Internet, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Wants to Save Your Data From Big Tech with Browser PodsSir Timothy Berners-Lee, the person who made it possible to read this online article, first came up with the concept of the Web back in 1989.  The creator of the World Wide Web is now on a mission to save it.

  • He believes tech platforms “control the world and manipulate people by providing information”.
  • His solution to the dysfunctions of Web2.0 is the third layer of protocols, giving a person the ability to log into something with their own personal ID.
  • He came up with a new project called Solid, and later a new company called Inrupt to help Solid launch. Berners-Lee’s platform can be accessed from your browser

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  • But it is not an app; he calls it a “Pod,” where you can store your private data and access it very easily [with a key or digital ID].
  • He said this is his vision for Web3.0, emphasising that it is not Web3 which uses the Ethereum blockchain system and promises to be decentralised.
    • The issue with Web3 is that data such as health records can easily be traced; as it is public, making it secure is expensive. Speed is another issue and there are questions as to if it can be fully decentralised.
  • Use case: Inrupt has worked with NGOs to help refugees by allowing them to share their Pod. They can then share their medical data, the clothes and tents they’ve been given, and register with the NGO, which saves time.
    • “And so it's a sense that if [a Pod] is given to a person, they can just track what goes on completely privately and if they need to go to the police, they have a trail”.The Pods can help everyone in society keep their online data safe.

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