Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Web creator works to liberate personal data

Web creator works to liberate personal data

But the massive growth of Facebook, Google, Amazon and others has resulted in a centralisation of the web with vast swathes of our data in the control of a relatively small number of parties.

Solid is built using the existing web and gives users a choice over where data is stored, what people or groups can access certain elements of it, and which apps you use.

"For all the good we've achieved, the web has evolved into an engine of inequity and division; swayed by powerful forces who use it for their own agendas", Berners-Lee wrote, reflecting on his invention.

This critical tipping point he speaks of can be seen in the many news stories of misuse, breaches or manipulation of online data that have become commonplace in our daily lives and has, arguably, resulted in the creation of the GDPR. "As we've all discovered, this hasn't been in our best interests", he wrote.

"Solid changes the current model where users have to hand over personal data to digital giants in exchange for perceived value". The first wave of apps being built on Solid is being developed now.

User data would be stored on the Solid personal online data store (or POD store), a secure online server space meant to be inaccessible or hackable.

Tiebreak games needed to settle NL Central, NL West races
Arcia scored twice and Yelich ran his batting average to.326 for the Brewers , who won their first NL Central title since 2011. Corey Knebel (4-3), who pitched a scoreless seventh inning, was credited with the win.


Sir Tim is taking a sabbatical from MIT and is planning to seek venture funding for the project in the autumn. "We are not asking their permission".

"Do we know what proportion of personal data is generated without the individual's involvement?"

People could have more than one pod for different purposes or types of data, he said. However, the esteemed engineer's new project will reportedly take the power away from large internet providers and give it back to ordinary users. What I omitted to say was that open always prevails, because network effects always win in the end.

Solid is a framework that allows individuals to control their own data. The fallout of which has sparked global debate about how personal data is used online.

Berners-Lee announced the project as the internet industry has come under increased scrutiny for harvesting people's private information and using it to sell ads.

Solid works, Berners-Lee and colleagues from MIT and beyond explain, on a decentralised model: Users sign up to a Solid POD, a storage device which can be a physical unit within the user's home or office or a virtual device provided by any one of a number of POD provision companies. Berners-Lee is not going to be held hostage by the prologue of the past. Since a lot of people are already using the cloud for safekeeping data, would they have to migrate everything to a POD?

Like this: