Due to the continuous torrent of data breaches and scandals like Cambridge Analytica, Tim Berners-Lee is devastated. To fight the powerful forces of the Internet, world wide web inventor has worked on a project called “Solid.”
In collaboration with MIT, the open-source project is build to make web decentralized, snatch power from big players like Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc. Solid offers tools to create social applications which follow the existing W3C standards. In simple words, you will have a tremendous amount of control over your data.
With Solid, you create this data “pods” (personal online data stores) that can be hosted wherever you want. When an app will ask for your data, Solid will authenticate and give access to the specific pod.
“Solid is guided by the principle of “personal empowerment through data” which we believe is fundamental to the success of the next era of the web. We believe data should empower each of us. With Solid, you will have far more personal agency over data – you decide which apps can access it,” Tim Berner’s wrote in a blog post.
According to Tim, Solid will restore the balance on the web “by giving every one of us complete control over data, personal or not, in a revolutionary way.”
Moving ahead with the mission of decentralizing the web, Tim has collaborated Solid with Inrupt, a new startup headed by John Bruce which “brings resources, process and appropriate skills to make the promise of Solid a reality.”
In the coming weeks, developers will be able to use Inrupt tools to build their own decentralized apps.