Tim Berners-lee unveiled a new initiative to "restructure" the website

Thanks to Tim Berners-Lee, we can communicate like this right now. The creator of the World Wide Web awarded even as a knight by the British crown because of his invention, this Internet browsing system that dominates to this day.

In recent years, the British computer scientist has harshly criticized the course the network is taking today. Under this framework, several initiatives have emerged from him that seeks to redirect the evolution of cyberspace to a more friendly trend.

In a recasting spirit, Berners-Lee introduced its new startup called Inrupt, which aims to solve some of the problems that have harmed the "open web", as originally devised, in the face of the emergence of large and closed platforms, such as Facebook and all its derivative services.

An alternative website


Sir Tim Berners-Lee has had no qualms about expressing his dissatisfy with the current course taken by the Internet. Among his initiatives is a "contract" with a declaration of principles to make the Internet a healthier place, under his appreciation.

Excited to rethink the operation of the web, the creator of this system presented through his new startup, a service that promises a website in which people can access it through a single sign-on for any service, based on the Solid open-source software project.

Personal data is stored in pods (short for online data personnel)or online personal data stores, which are controlled by the user himself.

"People are fed up with the lack of controls, silos," Berners-Lee told the Reuters news agency, from his position as Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Inrupt. This newly updated website, in the words of Berners-Lee, will allow the exchange of information directly from person to person, profiling itself as an alternative collaboration tool to the great social media services that today enjoy great success, but with the difference that this new instance gives its users greater control.

A plan that's already underway


John Bruce, CEO of Inrupt, also pointed out to Reuters that the company already has agreements signed with the British National Health Service, the BBC and the Flanders government in Belgium as pilot clients. More people are expected to be announced by April.

Although the CEO of this nascent company declined to refer to the amounts of money raised so far, he did report that Inrupt's investors include Hearst Ventures, Octopus Ventures and Akamai, an Internet content distribution company (CDN).

A key goal for Inrupt is to get software developers to develop applications for the platform. This new environment, like the operating system behind the original web, is, in principle, a set of protocols to define how machines communicate with each other, so the options to create are varied. "The use cases are so broad, it's like a change for the web," Berners-Lee said.

Regarding the first steps of this platform, John Bruce said the pilot program implemented with the British National Health Service was addressing the long-standing problem of incompatible medical records. With Inrupt, he commented, this agency could give everyone "a holistic presentation of their medical history", with several doctors and other service providers able to update that record, even when all that information remains under the control of users.

Given the projections commented by Berners-Lee and Bruce, more news is expected during the course of this first half of the year.

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