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Ruben Verborgh

Re-decentralizing the Web, for good this time

by Ruben Verborgh

Originally designed as a decentralized network, the Web has undergone a significant centralization in recent years. In order to regain freedom and control over the digital aspects of our lives, we should understand how we arrived at this point and how we can get back on track. This chapter explains the history of decentralization in a Web context, and details Tim Berners-Lee’s role in the continued battle for a free and open Web. The challenges and solutions are not purely technical in nature, but rather fit into a larger socio-economic puzzle, to which all of us are invited to contribute. Let us take back the Web for good, and leverage its full potential as envisioned by its creator.

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To be published in 2019 in Linking the World’s Information: Tim Berners-Lee’s Invention of the World Wide Web.

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@incollection{verborgh_timbl_chapter_2019,
  title = {Re-decentralizing the {Web,} for good this time},
  author = {Verborgh, Ruben},
  year = 2019,
  booktitle = {Linking the World's Information: Tim Berners-Lee's Invention of the World Wide Web},
  editor = {Seneviratne, Oshani and Hendler, James},
  publisher = {ACM},
  url = {https://ruben.verborgh.org/articles/redecentralizing-the-web/},
}

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R. Verborgh, “Re-decentralizing the Web, for good this time,” in Linking the World’s Information: Tim Berners-Lee’s Invention of the World Wide Web, O. Seneviratne and J. Hendler, Eds. ACM, 2019. Accepted for publication.
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Ruben Verborgh. 2019. Re-decentralizing the Web, for good this time. In Oshani Seneviratne & James Hendler, eds. Linking the World’s Information: Tim Berners-Lee’s Invention of the World Wide Web. ACM. Accepted for publication.
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Verborgh, R.: Re-decentralizing the Web, for good this time. In: Seneviratne, O. and Hendler, J. (eds.) Linking the World’s Information: Tim Berners-Lee’s Invention of the World Wide Web. ACM (2019). Accepted for publication.
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Verborgh, R. (2019). Re-decentralizing the Web, for good this time. In O. Seneviratne & J. Hendler (Eds.), Linking the World’s Information: Tim Berners-Lee’s Invention of the World Wide Web. ACM. Accepted for publication.
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Verborgh, Ruben. “Re-Decentralizing the Web, for Good This Time.” Linking the World’s Information: Tim Berners-Lee’s Invention of the World Wide Web. Ed. Oshani Seneviratne and James Hendler. ACM, 2019. Print. Accepted for publication.

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