Our lives, online and off, depend upon decentralising power on the internet, says the Guardian columnist John Harris.
As the year unfolds, pay attention to the people who are talking about a new, decentralised internet – AKA Web 3.0 – and the possibility of data being returned to the control of the people who generate it.
In Boston, the worldwide web’s founder, Tim Berners-Lee, is working on a new way of using the internet, called Solid. Then there are the possibilities bound up with the blockchain, the system of verification that sits under so-called cryptocurrencies. Startup called Fetch is developing what it calls decentralised artificial intelligence.