Sir Tim Berners-Lee said blockchain is not necessary for the decentralized internet he wants to promote at one of The Next web’s recent conferences. He has his own ideas for how web2 will be replaced, including a decentralized design that allows consumers to control their data.
Berners-Lee has long argued that his own invention, the World Wide Web, should be decentralized. That’s why, when asked if web 3.0 meets his requirements, he replied with a definite “no”.
The objectives of the Solid project
Berners-Lee has been working on “Project Solid” for a number of years. Web3 is blockchain-based, but it’s still built using traditional web tools and open specs.
Private data is kept in decentralized databases, or “pods,” Berners’ idea. The user can host them wherever he wishes. Then, users can decide which apps have access to their data. The objective of this project is to ensure the confidentiality, interoperability, speed and scalability.
He stated : ” It just doesn’t work when trying to build such things on the blockchain. »
Berners-Lee says Solid has two distinct purposes. The first is to prevent companies from exploiting user data for things like influencing elections and creating clickbait. The second is to offer Internet users the possibility of sharing their data.
For example, trustworthy services could exchange health information to advance medical research and improve our care.
Tim Berners-Lee is not new to the world of cryptocurrencies. An NFT containing the original World Wide Web source code was auctioned off for $5.43 million in July 2021.