TALK: Solid: empowering people through choice

August 2nd, 2:00pm-2:30pm
Decentralized Web Summit 2018 
Log Lounge

Speakers: Tim Berners-Lee , Solid/W3C , Founder & Project Director
Ruben Verborgh , Ghent University – imec , Professor of Semantic Web technology

In Solid, you 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. In this talk, Tim Berners-Lee and Ruben Verborgh explain the Solid project, its underlying philosophy, and its future plans.

Tim Berners-Lee
Founder & Project Director, Solid/W3C

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined as Web technology spread.

Sir Tim is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which oversees the technical standards development of the Web. Sir Tim is the founder and a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation which was launched in 2009 to coordinate efforts to further the potential of the Web to benefit humanity. He is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Computer Science and AI Lab (CSAIL). His research group, the Decentralized Information Group (DIG), works to re-decentralize the Web. He is also a Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Oxford, UK. He is President of and co-founded the Open Data Institute in London. In 2017 Sir Tim was awarded the ACM A.M. Turing Prize, called the "Nobel Prize of Computing” and considered one of the most prestigious awards in Computer Science. Tim is a long time defender of Net Neutrality and the openness of the Web.


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Ruben Verborgh
Professor of Semantic Web technology, Ghent University

Ruben Verborgh is a professor of Semantic Web technology at Ghent University – imec and a research affiliate at the Decentralized Information Group at MIT.


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