Earlier today, the British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee who was knighted for inventing the internet navigation system known as the World Wide Web (WWW), has planned to re-make cyberspace once again.
As per the reports, with a new startup called Inrupt, Berners-Lee wishes to fix some of the problems that have handicapped the so-called open web in an age of huge, closed platforms such as Facebook.
Building on ideas established by an open-source software project called Solid, Inrupt promises a web where people can use a single sign-on for any service, and personal data is stored in pods, or personal online data stores, controlled by the user.
Berners-Lee said in an interview at the Reuters Next conference that people are fed up with the lack of controls, the silos. This new, updated web, Berners-Lee said, will permit the kind of person-to-person sharing and partnership that has helped make the big social media services so fruitful while leaving the user in control.
A veteran technology executive who is CEO of Inrupt John Bruce added that the company had signed up Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), the BBC and the government of Flanders in Belgium as trial customers, and hoped to reveal many more by April.
Inrupt’s investors include Hearst Ventures, Octopus Ventures, and Akamai, an internet content delivery firm. Bruce deteriorated to say how much has been raised.
Bruce said the NHS pilot was speaking about the long-standing problem of mismatched medical records. With Inrupt, he said, the NHS could give everyone a holistic presentation of your medical history, with various doctors and other service benefactors able to update that record even as it remains in the users’ control.
Moreover, a key purpose for Inrupt is to get software developers to write programs for the platform. Inrupt is at its core mostly a set of protocols for how machines talk to one another, meaning that specific applications bring it to life.
As per Berners-Lee, the use cases are so broad, it’s like a do-over for the web.