The entire architecture of the solutions developed and promoted by the Post-Platforms Foundation is based on the idea of returning data to its owners. This means that platforms no longer own our profiles, our data, and our social graph — instead, we use persistent and irrevocable IDs for our data, and the new post-platforms store it all in PODs we fully control. Furthermore, the data becomes machine readable with the aid of linked data technology. And obviously, all those need to be secure.

For those who are familiar with the Solid project and protocol developed by Tim Berners-Lee and his team, we would like to stress the fact that the Post-Platforms Foundation does include existing platforms into the ecosystem of PODs. Platforms will continue to provide their services as before. The only difference will be that they will read data and keep all new data on their users’ PODs.

However innovative and cutting-edge our vision is, most of the technologies we use have been developed before us (https, Solid, Linked Data, ACL, DNS, PKI, etc.) and we just put them in the right order and adjust for the needs of specific industries. Of course, Post-Platforms and other players in that space will need to put a lot of efforts in order to bring all these protocols and technologies to the level of a complete and holistic Web 3.0. We are still at the beginning of this journey.

What is truly innovative about our Web 3.0 Data Space, is that it's the first time when such a major technological project is designed based on the secure-by-design approach. Most of the Web 3.0 services we introduce – Data Space, e-money, e-voting, e-Reputation, IPR management – require a high level of security.

As we introduce the true Web 3.0, it will require creation of a number of new W3C standards (as it has been the case for many other web protocols and formats). We are clearly not the only developers of Web 3.0 architecture and protocols, but just a member of a large future Web 3.0 community of developers.

We are totally aware that our vision doesn’t represent the final truth. The system we design and build is so complicated that we are far from the end results. We are always open and happy to discuss further partnerships in this amazing journey towards the true (blockchain-free) Web 3.0 Data Space

architecture Web 3.0 Data Space

The architecture of the Web 3.0 Data Space – as we see it now – has four major components, each of them crucial for the existence of the entire system:

  • PODs: secure individual cloud servers storing all the data concerning people, companies, and objects in Linked Data format. PODs are accessible via Linked Data-enabled Solid protocol.
  • Post-platforms: new generation platforms & applications using a fully distributed database of PODs for storage of users’ data.
  • Register: a list of all PODs ensuring their discoverability and their proper indexation by semantic search engines.
  • Security: Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) to provide all users with keys/certificates, cryptography, and protected data transmission protocols (including Solid).