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LONDON – Tim Berners-Lee, British computer scientist dubbed the inventor of the world wide web, has revealed that his newest startup has launched a security platform for businesses. . The UK’s National Health Service, BBC, NatWest Bank and Government of Flanders are among the early adopters.
Inrupt, founded by Berners-Lee and CEO John Bruce in 2018, is aiming to develop technology that allows people to control their data, allowing them to choose where their data is stored and who has access. access to that data.
The startup announced on Monday that it was rolling out the enterprise version of the Solid platform. Built by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Solid allows users to create a Personal Online Data Warehouse or Pod, which they can then share with third-party apps if they wish.
Bruce wrote on a blog that the NHS, for example, is using the platform to allow patients to store their personal medical data on Pods, as well as data from health apps on phones or their other devices.
“It will create disruptive new opportunities that not only restore confidence in data, but also enhance our lives,” said Berners-Lee, Inrupt’s chief technology officer.
Berners-Lee invented the world wide web in 1989 but is increasingly concerned that today’s digital giants are exploiting citizens around the world.
“For all the good we’ve achieved, the web has grown into an engine of inequality and divisions; influenced by the powerful forces that use it for agendas. their own, “he wrote in 2018.” Today, I believe we have reached a critical tipping point and drastic change for the better is possible – and necessary. “
Berners-Lee added that “Solid changes the current paradigm where users have to hand over personal data to the digital giants in exchange for perceived value”.