I was first told about the emerging ‘Solid‘ project by a colleague at work.
From the internets creator, Prof. Tim Berners-Lee as the co-lead of the Decentralized Information Group at MIT’s Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) comes a solution to what many see as a growing corruption and future destruction of the World Wide Web in its current form. Net Neutrality, constant attack from IoT/Zombies and even more troubling the perpetual collection, storage and sale of our personal data via data brokers, social media providers and marketing networks.
This emerging project seeks to give control of the underlying data back to its original owners, you.
On the better web Berners-Lee envisions, users control where their data is stored and how it’s accessed. For example, social networks would still run in the cloud. But you could store your data locally. Alternately, you could choose a different cloud server run by a company or community you trust. You might have different servers for different types of information—for health and fitness data, say—that is completely separate from the one you use for financial records. Wired
The project’s website outlines the primary offering:
- True Data Ownership: Users should have the freedom to choose where their data resides and who is allowed to access it by decoupling content from the application itself.
- Modular Design: Because applications are decoupled from the data they produce, users will be able to avoid vendor lock-in by seamlessly switching the apps and personal data storage servers, without losing any data or social connections.
- Reusing Existing Data: Developers will be able to easily innovate by creating new apps or improving current apps, all while reusing existing data that was created by other apps.