Inrupt: Changing Controllable Data

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For the last 3 decades, the Internet has evolved in many ways and how it changed society. From its development and the moment it became part of our lives, it changed our way of living. Interacting with other people from our loved ones & friends, various contents from images to videos, but one innovator wasn't pleased with the results throughout the years.

Who is Tim Berners-Lee?

Tim Berners-Lee

Better known as Timothy John Berners-Lee, a Computer Scientist from the United Kingdom, and well known as the inventor of the World Wide Web - or what programmers called the HyperText Markup Language (HTML), a standard markup language where these documents are stored into a folder, then it displays on your web browser.

The whole page you visit or log in to social media serves as the Skeletal System, and it can be supported with other technologies, primarily 2 of them, that is we called the Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) which serves as a dress for every web page, and JavaScript which is the page's Nervous System of how the pages work and their behavior.

With Tim's innovation, he was dubbed by her royal highness Queen Elizabeth II in 2004. Tim became the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), founder of the World Wide Web Foundation and senior researcher & holder of the 3Com founders' chair at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

His contribution made our lives easier until social media came in, new programming frameworks which became more complex depending on the technology used by programmers, and the user's data which was hacked & stolen when there's a security breach.

Facebook, Google, or any big corporation have taken the Internet what was supposed to be a free environment. Tim always believed that the web should be free and open, but these corporations made big money on their gathered data for the last 2 decades. So, Tim is on a mission to fix it.

Tim's distaste for Major Corporations

3 years ago (September 30, 2018), Tim created a startup company as he is on a mission to declare war on big tech. Following the data breach incidents from the Russians interfering with the U.S. Elections last 2016, and the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Tim was dismayed at how his creation works today and it needs to be repaired.

Inrupt, created by Tim Berners-Lee and other collaborators with MIT

So, Tim collaborated with other well-known tech institutes, he created an open-source company called Inrupt. The company runs on a decentralized environment called Social Linked Data (Solid) created and in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The project he created and other collaborators was a decentralized application.

It aims to radically change the way Web applications work today, resulting in true data ownership as well as improved privacy, but the primary goal of Inrupt was to allow the users to have full control of their data, including access control and storage location. Here was his interview below 2 years ago.

I haven't checked the website yet, so if you have plans of creating this application soon, feel free to visit their page at to view more.

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