Solid Christmas Meetup Enschede - How to Fix the Internet


Organized by: IEBIS - University of Twente and Platform Linked Data Netherlands
Date: Friday December 20th, 2019
Time: 13:45 - 17:00 (16:30 drinks)
Location: Campus University of Twente, Enschede
Registration: Registration form
More information: Erwin Folmer (Erwin.folmer@utwente.nl)

Description

As Sir Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the World Wide Web) already pointed out: The Web is broken, but he has a plan to fix it. It’s called Solid. Solid is an exciting new project led by Prof. Tim Berners-Lee taking place at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). The project aims to radically change the way Web applications work today, resulting in true data ownership as well as improved privacy.

One of the key members in this MIT group is prof. Ruben Verborgh (professor of Decentralized Web technology at Ghent University and research affiliate at MIT) and Ruben will come to Enschede to lead this meetup on Solid. This session will be a mandatory lecture for master BIT students (BPIL-course) of the University of Twente. But because of our excitement about the topic and speaker we have decided to open the session for everyone who is interested, but registration is required as spaces are limited.

The first part of the session will explain why the Web is broken, and will explain the Solid project, its underlying philosophy, and its future plans. The second part will consist of a hands-on tutorial on how to build Solid apps.

In this second part of the session, you will learn the basics of developing decentralized apps for the Solid ecosystem. With nothing but a text editor and a browser, we will bring a small JavaScript application to life. You will learn how Linked Data is used to make different data pods interoperable, and how we can combine information from different sources at runtime. No developer expertise is required.

If you want to know more about these exciting new developments on the Web, but don’t want to build a Solid app: Please join us in the first part of the session.

It will be an exciting way to start the Christmas holidays!

More information on Solid

Within Solid, decentralization means choice: being able to choose where you store your data, independently of the services you want on top of that data. On today’s Web, applications happily take our data in exchange for functionality, but we lose control over what happens to it. Moreover, because data is coupled to the service, we cannot share data across social network boundaries. In Solid, you instead remain the data owner: you decide for every single piece of data you produce where you want to store it. Applications can request permission to specific parts of people’s data, which they combine at runtime into a personal experience.

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