FUTURE OF THE INTERNET! Father of the Internet Working to Combat Censorship and Overreach with New Invention
I think most people probably don’t know the name Tim Berners-Lee, but they should.
Berners-Lee is known as the “Father of the Internet” the man who is responsible for the creation of the World Wide Web. He’s basically the reason why we have the internet today.
In today’s age where the tech giants like Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others are telling everyone what they can say, read, write, watch, etc., people must act fast to do something in order to fight against this tyranny.
Many people are creating and have already created new alternatives to some of the social media platforms and search engines, but Berners-Lee is taking it a step further and creating an entirely new internet.
Berners-Lee hates what he’s seeing with the tech giants’ centralization of the internet and how they collect, store, and sell people’s data. That’s why he’s been at work with a new platform called Inrupt.
Inrupt is a startup that Berners-Lee has been working on in stealth for about nine months. He’s even taken a sabbatical from his prestigious position teaching at MIT’s CSAIL labs in order to work full time. And Inrupt will finally launch to the world this week, Berners-Lee told Fast Company in an exclusive interview.
Inrupt is built on the ‘Solid’ platform, something he and others at MIT have been working on for years. Solid is basically designed to be like the early days of the Internet, wild and free, and Inrupt will be the way to access it, at least to start. In a demonstration for the piece, he pulled up what looked like a very basic browser page, completely barebones. Part of an app built for his personal use, it displays his calendar, address book, chats, his music etc. It’s like if you combined Google Drive with WhatsApp, Spotify, and pretty much every piece of cloud storage and online connectivity you use today, all in one place. The difference here is that all the information is under his control.
This video will explain a little bit about how it works, because it would be way too much for me to write about.