This topic is for discussing new technologies, protocols and standards/specifications that exist, or are under development, that can solve current problems with privacy, surveillance capitalism and monopolisation, and lead to a better, more humane World-Wide Web than we have today.
This is a wiki post - meaning you can edit it by clicking the icon in top-left corner - that maintains a list of candidates
While this forum is not the proper place to really elaborate the pros and cons of these technologies, we can at least discuss them, and - if there is enough interest - create a project where we’ll compile much more in-depth information.
Some requirements for future web technologies are:
- Privacy-respecting / privacy-first approaches
- Security-first IT
- Control of your own data / transparency on how its used
- Standardization (no walled gardens)
- Decentralization (no single parties controlling the conversation)
Upcoming standards and protocols
[list standards and protocols here as a link + short description, create sub-bullet for related info]
- Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) - https://w3c-ccg.github.io/did-spec/
– A standard that enables creation of Self-Sovereign Identity.
- Verifiable Credentials - https://w3c.github.io/vc-data-model/
– A standard that enables creation of credentials with cryptographically verifiable information. These credentials can be used to create and sign digital documents, for authentication purposes, etc. This standard can be used together with DID standard to enable interactions between Self-Sovereign Identities.
- [list existing technologies here as a link + short description, create sub-bullet for related info]
WebSonar Libraries Candidate
WebSonar Libraries provide a privacy solution while still allowing resource content sharing. This is accomplished by dynamic conversion of off-line content to html in response to a search or browse request that can not be initiated by robots. In addition it does not use port 80, the standard web path crawled by the robots. The user can set their own access credentials, making some libraries public and others private. The libraries are accessible with a standard URL from any browser on the network. Each library can support thousands of documents in PDF, image, audio and video formats.