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HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Joins The Push For A Decentralized Web

Tekla Perry writes:
HBO’s fictional Silicon Valley character Richard Hendricks sets out to reinvent the Internet into something decentralized. [“What if we used all those phones to build a massive network…we could build a completely decentralized version of our current Internet with no firewalls, no tolls, no government regulation, no spying. Information would be totally free in every sense of the word.”] That sound a lot like what Brewster Kahle, Tim Berners-Lee, and Vint Cerf have been calling the decentralized web. Kahle tells IEEE Spectrum about how closely HBO’s vision matches his own, and why he’s happy to have this light shined on the movement.

In 2015 Kahle pointed out the current web isn’t private. “People, corporations, countries can spy on what you are reading. And they do.” But in a decentralized web, “the bits will be distributed — across the net — so no one can track the readers of a site from a single point or connection.”
He tells IEEE Spectrum that though the idea is hard to execute, a lot of people are already working on it. “I recently talked to a couple of engineers working for Mozilla, and brought up the idea of decentralizing the web. They said, ‘Oh, we have a group working on that, are you thinking about that as well?'”

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