This week, an assortment of technology visionaries, entrepreneurs, & coders made a pilgrimage to the Corinthian columns of The Internet Archive to discuss their visions of a new society. For three days, The Decentralized Web Summit spoke of a vision where the web was no longer ruled by Google or Facebook or Twitter. They described a new system where content and information is distributed across many devices, and automatically find what they need from their nearest neighbor. A future internet that protected privacy, and wasn’t limited by “choke points” and “walled gardens”.
A grand vision indeed, and many parts of the technology to power this picture are being developed right now. Here’s a short-list of some of the technologies that may help us address the current challenges faced as musicians, fans, media, & technology companies all figure out how to coexist:
- Solid – a method to keep your personal data private, and share it when you want to
- Ethereum – a blockchain platform gaining momentum among developers to explore opportunities in the space
- IPFS – A new peer-to-peer protocol that lets sites, media, or any files to be stored across redundant hosts
- Mediachain – a protocol for registering, identifying, and tracking creative works online
The conversations and panels covered the spectrum from abstract philosophical, to real-time coding-with-laptop kinds of stuff. All things considered, the room was filled with a lot of people who want to empower a whole new era of coder-creators. This will be something to keep your eyes & ears open.
I think that’s quite enough time of me wearing my nerd-hat. Lets mix it up and get down together friends: