Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the ‘father of the internet’, has said that seizing back control of data from technology giants and “turning the internet right side up” can create a new wave of value for businesses and consumers.
Delivering the opening keynote speech at The Telegraph’s Technology Intelligence Live event, Sir Tim said his plans to launch a new way of storing information online would “create a lot of shared value” and “inspire businesses and countries to create new ideas and opportunities”.
Sir Tim, who came up with the first plans for the World Wide Web, this week launched Solid, a new internet technology that sees information stored away from technology giants. Instead, data is stored in Solid “pod”, which means users have greater control over how and who they share their data with.
It will also make it easier for information to be transferred between apps by taking it out of the giant data “silos” that Big Tech companies have gathered, Sir Tim has said.
The Solid servers are the work of Inrupt, a company founded two years ago by Sir Tim and his business partner John Bruce, which has been aiming to make it easier for consumers to take control of their personal information and redesigning how power is distributed on the web.
This week, Inrupt announced it had begun work with the NHS on tools that could make it simpler to manage patient data. Other projects include working with Natwest and the Government of Flanders.
Sir Tim said the new start-up was making his original vision of the web a reality. “I am excited about it as a user, being able to leverage my data across my entire online life. I am excited about the apps that open source developers are writing now. This is just the beginning of how we turn the world right-side-up.”
“If we can control our own data, then the web can become what I always meant it to be. The future of the web is a lot bigger than its past.”