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Why decentralization could prove the most disruptive tech megatrend of the next decade. “We have to do it now. It’s a historical moment.”

The above quote comes from Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web. On the first of this month, he launched Inrupt, a startup that provides developers tools to construct decentralized applications (Dapps) on the platform Solid. The foundational innovation of Solid—which Berners-Lee and his colleagues at MIT have been building for years—is personalized data control. All of the data a user creates or uploads on the platform exists within a “Solid pod”, solely under the control of that user, thus out of reach of corporations without user permission. “The intent is world domination,” Berners-Lee told Fast Company, “…a complete change where [Facebook’s and Google’s] business models are completely upended overnight.”...

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