I’m going to start by telling you a bit about myself, just so you know where I’m coming from.

I’ve been working in this space since early 2011, as a PhD candidate at that time. That was the year we have started noticing some movement in the decentralized Web space, starting with Diaspora*, the social network alternative to Facebook who had just launched their consumer alpha version on 23 November 2010. It was in 2011 that I met Ilya Zhitomirskiy (one of Diaspora’s founders) in Berlin for W3C’s Federated Social Web event. Coincidently, it was at the same event that…


This post takes about 5 mins to read, but if you really want the TL;DR version then it’s basically this: there’s not enough collaboration and standardization around current efforts to decentralize the Web, and we risk ending up with more silos than we already have.

The good…

First off, this year’s Decentralized Web Summit was an incredibly successful event, even if you judge only by the fact that it was sold out. What really impressed me was the quality of talks and the amount of progress behind the proof of concept demos for applications and platforms. This isn’t really a…


This entry is meant to be the first one in a series of posts that introduce Solid, our new disruptive solution to re-decentralize the Web — a project lead by Prof. Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web.

The project aims to radically change the way Web applications work today, resulting in true data ownership as well as improved privacy. How’s that for an elevator pitch? 🙂

Before getting into the technical stuff, you need to understand why decentralization is so important for us at this time. To answer this question, we must first explain why centralization is bad.

Andrei Sambra

Entrepreneur working on decentralization, blockchain and privacy focused projects. Formerly @QwantCom, @MIT, @SolidMIT and @W3C.

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