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More on Tim Berners-Lee’s Inrupt:

This shows you what your Solid data browser will look like.

All your “things” are in one place. You can easily link and share data with anyone you chose and drag and drop elements between apps. Collaborate with others by looking at the same data within different apps at the same time.

For example, imagine you’re in a chat with your team and an action item gets assigned to you. Instantaneously, that action item appears in your to-do app.


  1. I love the idea, and I greatly respect Sir Tim Berners-Lee, but I think it’s incredibly important to note aloud that data is infinitely reproducible and shareableonce you share any item of data with any person, place, or service, you have effectively shared it with everyone everywhere: data aggregators, hackers, Facebook, Google, credit agencies, intelligence agencies, law enforcement, your current employer, every future employer, your colleagues and competitors – everyone.

    The only throttle on that exploitation is the cost of acquisition, which hovers perilously, trivially close to zero.

  2. Michael Verona, yes, but there may be ways of interacting with services w/out divulging much of our underlying data. Rather than telling Facebook all my details and having them filter for me based on that, imagine a system where all that detail stayed w/ me and I (or more likely my super fast Virtual Personal Assistant) simply interrogates third parties as a way to interact with them, without divulging underlying data.

  3. That, Gideon Rosenblatt , users making pull requests of the service instead of fulfilling a request from the service could solve a lot of the problems in the exploitive social media space. I’m not clear how the services then act as a conduit between me and my intended recipients/participants without consuming and resending y my data themselves, or what, e.g., Facebook’s role – if any – would actually be in that model, but I like the idea very much.

  4. Yeah, I’m still learning…

  5. All the apps will have to be redesigned. n what if the data is stored within the servers.. Yup the next gen will get the advantage.. It needs adoption and promotion at its max.. Just as #google did for #gmail at its initial stage.. Invitation-based.

    ( n at last don’t forget to have the data erased from the servers like in Mission Impossible format.. Just for laugh, Gags..!! )

  6. Michael Verona , I had a discussion with one of my colleagues this morning and I raised the same concern, I haven’t yet had a chance to look at solid & inrupt in details (my weekend project!) so it might be that Tim & co have already put in some measure to at least make this process difficult.

  7. Michael Verona Haven’t read the sources yet, but assuming the idea is to move closer to the natural scheme of information sharing (what I know is protected by being inside my skull and only I can divulge it as I choose (and yes, there are limits even to that)), then I think it is a move in the right direction.

    I think your point about information, once divulged, is out there in the wild and no longer protected by means other than trust is basic and important. People, young and old, are often burned by trusting personal knowledge to others, yet society requires it.

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