everything is connected! This is a general accepted fact in the 21st century, we interact with people and devices around the globe in real time. Our devices interact with each others independently. Our economies worldwide rely on each others building complex supply chains. If we express online interest for something, it is quite likely that we will get an offer to satisfy this demand. Our actions get registered and produce reactions in some other places in an interconnected digitized world.
Well, this is not completely truth, we are still in the process, the so called digitalization – the 4th industrial revolution. There are still many missing links in this giant web of things, but the interconnections growth rapidly. The potential of the current industrial revolution for a happier, healthier, more efficient, a better quality life are indisputable.
But there are also risks, dangers and structural problems, both in our technology and our society. We as technologists can do something about the technical shortcomings in our digital life. One central weakness of the current internet is its fragmented and at the same time centralized character. We deal every day with a bunch of isolated applications based on proprietary, partly redundant server-centric platforms. The exchange between those platforms is very limited and stays in contradiction to the original intent of the Web as its creator Tim Berners Lee  stated several times. The potential of Linked Data as one of Web’s inherent strengths and manifestation of a connected world can’t be unfold properly.
Another important structural drawback in the current Web architecture is the privacy protection issue, users have only limited control over their own data, “the oil of the 21st century”. The digital economy makes enormous amounts of profit with these data, but the real owners have effectively no participation, the “free” services offered by the internet platforms stay on the other side the huge profit the companies are gathering.
We, the spoter.ME team, are a young start-up located in Germany with the mission to offer decentralized Web 3 solutions based on Web standards to overcome the fragmented Web, making interoperability a built-in feature, strengthening the user as sovereign participant in Web and putting at his hand powerful applications to solve the challenges of the digital era.
Two years ago we decided to realize our vision for a better user online experience based on Tim Berners Lee’s Solid project . Solid addresses several structural issues mentioned above in the current Web, the user’s data is separated from the applications in so called PODs (personal online data) controlled and owned by himself, applications can only access data on user’s consent. Moreover the Solid platform is based on well established standards like Linked Data, RDF and Semantic Web, offering a high interoperability between application.
In our journey we have gained a lot of experience, both implementing Solid applications and backends. We grew together as a team and were able to onboard team members with further experience and the willpower to work on our goals. We have focused specially on the backend technologies lately and are about to launch in the coming weeks a test version of our POD hosting service bundled with a POD management app – spot.POD – offered for both end-users and application providers. One of our main goals is to give the community an enterprise-ready Solid experience with excellent performance, scalability, and resilience properties.
In the next few months, we will update you on the progress we make and more technical details. You will be able to gain insights into our work and see some possible use cases. We would be very happy to take you with us on our journey.
Please feel free to comment on any blog post, leave critiques, discuss with us new topics. One of our visions is to grow as a community and be part of a common success story. So be part of our adventure, make it your adventure as well!
As Alan Kay said:
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.