Today, most people understand Web 3 concept as based on the ideas of blockchain-based technologies and metaverses. Even though we appreciate some of these initiatives, Post-Platforms are very different.
Our Web 3.0 vision is inspired by the works of the inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee. We believe in the disrupting potential of Semantic Web and we know how exactly we can make the fully distributed and machine-readable Internet real.
Blockchain was a great contraption which addressed a very specific task: how to build a trusted ledger of transactions between people who do not trust each other. It was done, but at a certain price:
Instead, we build a system where all users will be trusted because their certificates will be signed by Certificate Authorities (digital notaries in the system).
As a result, we would have:
All this makes the Web 3.0 Data Space a really secure, distributed, standardized, scalable, and sustainable system.
It’s as decentralized as the real world is.
Obviously, we don’t envision every individual to maintain their own physical server, hence some degree of centralization is created by data storage facilities. However, we developed several methods to mitigate all related risks.
The only fully centralized element of this system might be the Register which lists all existing PODs. It will be developed, deployed, and maintained following the same scheme as the DNS system managed by ICANN.
It came as a surprise to ourselves, but yes, it can!
The Post-Platforms technology can be used literally anywhere, its overall socio-economic impact is always positive, and it constantly grows with the wider adoption of this technology. As soon as we understood that, we started adjusting it for new verticals, and each time it allowed us to design some industry-transforming solutions.
Our scheme keeps all the benefits of platforms and allows to get rid of their monopolies. It disrupts markets in any industry, from hospitality to education.
Post-Platforms were born in the very heart of Europe as an attempt to put all the stakeholders, public and private, literally in the very same space and to allow them to seamlessly access the very same and original data.
Our team is involved in discussions with the main European Data Space stakeholders and actively participates in shaping this concept.
We became a member of the Data Space task force for Europeana: the leading EU project in digital culture & heritage, one of 18 major segments of the European Data Space.
Just like the existing Web, the Web 3.0 Data Space is global by definition. Even if currently the implementation of the technologies we promote is concentrated mainly in the European Union, our activities are not limited to Europe only, and the Web 3.0 Data Space concept isn’t in any manner equivalent to the EU one.
The Initiative is led by Minstrel Technologies BV, a Dutch startup with an outstanding team located across Europe and other parts of the world. Besides promoting the products and solutions we develop, we are launching a non-for-profit initiative aiming to consolidate all European actors with a similar vision of the Web 3.0 Data Space.
Also, we use the term “post-platforms” to describe future Web 3.0 platforms connected to fully decentralized databases of multiple individual PODs.
The forthcoming Web 3.0 Data Space is much bigger than any organization or corporation, it's a global phenomenon, both geographically and economically. Our company and our initiative are but humble prophets and preachers of this future change, its facilitators, but we won't in any way "control" or "own" this coming Web 3.0.
Another good thing about our solutions is that the majority of technologies, protocols, and formats we use have already been invented and developed, and many of them are even open source.
Our role is limited to putting them together in the right order and to adjusting them to the market needs.
We believe that our innovation is not purely technical, but mainly organizational; most of the key economic advancements in human history have always been of that nature.
From a practical standpoint, the research phase is virtually finished, we found solutions for all the bottlenecks and have functional prototypes ready to be deployed in several industries.
A POD is your dedicated digital storage. It will play the role of your SSD and cloud storage at the same time. You create it seamlessly just like you create and maintain your email account now. You will also be able to move it from one provider to another (and it will always be backed up by several alternative hosting providers). Even if in some cases it won't be possible to turn it off completely, since it will contain public data (as a part of the Data Space), however, you will control who can access your data.
Yes, and there will be more of them! The entry barriers will be much lower, and many new platforms will come. You will choose which one to use based on their UI/UX and on your personal preferences since their user base will be fully shared.
The Web 3.0 Data Space is the foundation for the Metaverse. As platforms will compete, they will quickly expand their services to new verticals. Eventually, many of them will become Metaverses based on billions of PODs.
Technically, PODs are not expensive. Keeping a POD will cost as much as it costs now for a regular cloud storage: some packages will be free (i.e., taken in charge by governments or institutions), and more advanced ones will cost its owners just a few dollars annually.
In our scheme, the data is controlled and owned by users themselves, including both individuals and companies. We don’t reinvent property rights, we just eliminate the artificial content ownership claims of various platforms.
Not only will it be compliant, but much more than that: it brings GDPR to the next level. No need to control how platforms store and use your data, simply because they won’t store it anymore. PODs will already keep your data under your control. Even if more issues will emerge, legal data protection mechanisms (probably the next version of the GDPR) will certainly address them.
There is a risk that our solutions, empowering citizens and giving them further control of their lives, would be incompatible with totalitarian regimes. Most probably, such regimes might slow down their introduction. We do foresee issues here and we believe they should be discussed further.
Clearly, Tim Berners-Lee ideas and findings have been one of the major inspirations for Post-Platforms. However, we made several steps further:
No, it actually is quite different.
GAIA-X/IDS solve only one specific issue: the connectivity of platforms. At the same time, they let data stay on platforms.
As a result:
No, it is not patent-protected. We hope that some part of it will even become a set of open W3C standards.
Currently, we position most of our products as open source. We also try to use open-source third-party software as much as possible. However, some third-party solutions used as elements of our industry-specific products might be closed source.
Perfectly real. Most of the technologies we use have already been developed and are present on the market, we just recombine them in a different way.
Indeed, we totally understand that any introduction of major technical innovations, let alone society-wide organizational changes, takes time. Sometimes a lot of time.
We cannot predict the exact pace of its introduction, but according to our estimations, the Web 3.0 Data Space will be fully implemented at least in developed countries in the next 10 years.
At first, this small gradual revolution will happen separately in each sector and industry, till the change volume attains the critical mass, and then the transition of the remains of Web 2.0 won't take much longer.