The tech legend’s startup Inrupt allows people to regulate what personal information they share on the web and how that data is stored
The platform combines the functions of programs such as Google Drive, Microsoft Outlook, Slack, Spotify and WhatsApp – all on one browser, all at once
Inrupt provides tools for users to create personalized PODs to house information such as contact lists, calendar entries and music libraries
Berners-Lee said the intent behind Inrupt is ‘world domination’
The platform could upend the business models of top tech companies that have come under fire for failing to protect user data in favor of making profits
By MEGAN SHEETS
30 September 2018
World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee has unveiled his plans for a ‘New Internet’ that would decentralize the system and take power back from current kings including Google, Facebook and Amazon.
Berners-Lee’s start-up Inrupt is launching an app system this week that will allow users to regulate what personal information they share on the web and how that information is stored.
With Inrupt, users can create their own ‘personal online data store’ – or POD – to house anything from contact lists to calendar items to music libraries.
Put in simpler terms, the technology essentially brings together the functions of programs such as Google Drive, Microsoft Outlook, Slack, Spotify and WhatsApp – all on one browser, all at one time.
Berners-Lee said the intent behind Inrupt is ‘world domination’ in an exclusive interview with Fast Company published Saturday.
The site noted that the comment was said in jest – but was also true.
‘It’s a historical moment,’ Berners-Lee said of the startup he’s been building for the past nine months. ‘We have to do it now.’
As of this week, tech developers around the globe can create their own decentralized apps using the tools available on the Inrupt website.
Source: World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee unveils radical plan for the fabled ‘New Internet’ that will decentralize the global system and allow users to take back control of their data from sites like Google and Facebook