Today, the Web we use is not private, secure, reliable or free from censorship. It lacks a memory, a way to preserve our digital record through time. By distributing data, processing and hosting across millions of computers worldwide with no centralized control, a new Decentralized Web has the potential to be open, empowering users around the globe to better control and protect their own personal data.
Building a Decentralized Web will take Web architects, activists, artists, archivists and stakeholders from around the world. Together, how can we create infrastructure and tools we can trust? At the DWebSummit 2018, we’re convening diverse communities to learn from each other, identify use cases, and build a common understanding of what we mean by the “Decentralized Web.”
The Decentralized Web is expanding every day. How can we harness that momentum to achieve scale? What code is working and what’s still missing? How can we work together to identify and tackle the roadblock issues? Organized by the Internet Archive, this two-day Summit seeks to align the values of the Open Web with principles of decentralization. To write code that supports privacy, security, self-sovereign data and digital memory.
In June 2016, an early group of builders, archivists, policymakers, and journalists gathered for the first Decentralized Web Summit within the columns of the Internet Archive headquarters in San Francisco, home to one of the world’s largest digital libraries. Its founder, Brewster Kahle, issued a challenge to these early developers: let's use decentralized technologies to “Lock the Web Open,” this time for good.
2016's gathering was a call to the Dreamers to build a better Web.
2018's Decentralized Web Summit – Global Visions / Working Code is a demonstration of how far we have come. With scores of prototypes and apps now built with decentralized protocols, it's time to collaborate, communicate and engage the communities who need these tools the most.
Coming to Dweb 2018
Agnes Cameron is a master’s student in the Viral Communications group at the MIT media lab. Her work is focussed on distributed forms of co-operation, and self-organisation in network systems. Her background is originally in Electronic and Information Engineering.
Gunner works to help NGOs, activists, foundations and software developers make more effective use of technology for social change. He has worked in numerous technology environments from NGO to Silicon Valley start-up to college faculty to large corporation, serving in senior management, engineering, teaching and volunteer roles. He is an experienced facilitator with a passion for designing collaborative open learning processes, and is an active facilitator, contributor, advisor, and/or partner in a number of open projects, including The Tor Project, OpenReferral, Open Architecture Collaborative, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Simply Secure, and Mozilla. He is a board member of The Ruckus Society, Global Exchange, and Peer 2 Peer University, and also serves in formal advisory roles with SAFETAG, CorpWatch, LocalizED, Ranking Digital Rights, The Center for Tech Cultivation, DATA Uruguay, Libraries.io, Social Movement Technologies, The Engine Room, The Everett Program, United for Iran, and The Rosetta Foundation. He believes in melding hard work with serious fun.
The common thread that connects all facets of Gunner's work is a focus on open approaches to capacity building and knowledge sharing in social change efforts. Aspiration prioritizes work that supports and contributes to open communities of practice who create technology and content that benefit nonprofit and foundation efforts. Over the past twelve years, the organization has designed and facilitated almost 500 extremely open learning and knowledge sharing events, in over 40 countries across the globe, predicated on a philosophy of active participation that puts each participant “in control of their own destiny”, in contrast to approaches that place audiences in passive listening roles. Aspiration publishes all licensed work products, including software tools, books, papers and training materials, under open licenses; for published documents and media, the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike, and for software the GNU General Public License whenever possible.
Amandine is the co-founder of Matrix.org, a unique initiative aiming to democratise secure online communication and solve the problem of fragmentation in current Chat, VoIP and IoT technologies. Matrix hopes to create a new ecosystem that makes open real-time-communication as universal and interoperable as email, and brings the power back to the user on choosing who they trust with their data and how they want to communicate. It defines a new lightweight pragmatic open standard for federation/interoperability and releases open source reference implementations of the protocol. Amandine is also Head of Operation and Products for New Vector, the company behind Riot (https://riot.im), an open source, secure and interoperable collaboration tool built on Matrix. She previously set up and led product management for the Unified Communications line of business within Amdocs and has more than 10 years of experience in mobile services and telecommunications. Amandine has a degree in telecommunications engineering from Ecole Supérieure de Chimie, Physique et Electronique de Lyon as well as an EMBA from ESC Rennes.
Amy James is the co-lead author of Open Index Protocol, a blockchain specification for an open and permissionless database, and co-founder of Alexandria.io where she serves as strategist, writer, speaker and advocate for artists. She has previously worked for nonprofit arts organizations, political campaigns and as an independent writer/director. How blockchain will benefit creators, audiences & the web is the most exciting story she’s ever told.
Antonio Tenorio-Fornés is a free software developer and researcher. He holds a 5 years CS/Eng degree and a Master in Research in Computer Science. He is currently developing his PhD at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, funded by an institutional scholarship, and working for the awesome P2P Models project. His research aims to provide decentralized governance tools for Commons-Based Peer Production communities. In the past, he was a core part of the technical team of the P2Pvalue European research project. He has been visiting researcher at the University of Surrey, the University of Westminster and Kozminski University. His experience developing decentralized web tools includes Teem, SwellRT and Decentralized.science, using technologies such as Blockchain and IPFS. Recent related work also include the proposal a framework for decentralized applications using IPFS and Blockchain and the design and development of decentralized.science, a project that aims to disintermediate and open scientific publication.
Arkadiy's work focuses on creating sustainable communities around media consumption and creation. He is currently a PM with Protocol Labs, and collaborating with the Internet Archive. Previously, he was the CTO at Mediachain Labs (acquired by Spotify in spring 2017) and worked on The Hype Machine, an influential music blog aggregator.
A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world. Soon after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied artificial intelligence, Kahle helped found the company Thinking Machines, a parallel supercomputer maker. In 1989, Kahle created the Internet's first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), later selling the company to AOL. In 1996, Kahle co-founded Alexa Internet, which helps catalog the Web, selling it to Amazon.com in 1999. The Internet Archive, which he founded in 1996, now preserves 20 petabytes of data - the books, Web pages, music, television, and software of our cultural heritage, working with more than 400 library and university partners to create a digital library, accessible to all.
Brian builds Tahoe-LAFS, a distributed storage system that safely uses untrusted servers, and Magic Wormhole, the easiest secure file transfer tool ever.
Christina is the Digital Life Collective's lead mapper and knowledge ecologist, tracing the transformation of information to knowledge in human systems the way an ecologist follows the movement of sunlight energy or nitrogen through a wetland. A collaborative researcher and network catalyst, she uses her experience in ecology, land-use planning (human ecology) and research to illuminate the context - the knowledge ecosystem - of a given problem or endeavor. She works with the people of that ecosystem to translate big-picture systems thinking into the nuts and bolts of strategic actions using critical thinking, skillful dialog and functional design. She is currently focused on a map supporting the decentralized web community.
Cory Doctorow is an author, journalist, and Special Advisor at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of the YA graphic novel IN REAL LIFE, the nonfiction business book INFORMATION DOESN’T WANT TO BE FREE, and young adult novels like HOMELAND, PIRATE CINEMA and LITTLE BROTHER and novels for adults like RAPTURE OF THE NERDS and MAKERS. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.
Danielle Robinson is Co-Executive Director of Code for Science & Society, where she works to open create inclusive public access to information through decentralized technologies. She completed a PhD in Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University in 2016. She was a 2016 Mozilla Fellow for Science, where she ran in Working Open Workshops around the world and explored decentralized data archiving as a DataRescue strategy.
Danny O'Brien has been an activist for online free speech and privacy for over 20 years. In his home country of the UK, he fought against repressive anti-encryption law, and helped make the UK Parliament more transparent with FaxYourMP. He was EFF's activist from 2005 to 2007, and its international outreach coordinator from 2007-2009. After three years working to protect at-risk online reporters with the Committee to Protect Journalists, he returned to EFF in 2013 to supervise EFF's global strategy. He is also the co-founder of the Open Rights Group, Britain's own digital civil liberties organization.
In a previous life, Danny wrote and performed the only one-man show about Usenet to have a successful run in London's West End. His geek gossip zine, Need To Know, won a special commendation for services to newsgathering at the first Interactive BAFTAs. He also coined the term "life hack."
It has been over a decade since he was first commissioned to write a book on combating procrastination
David has in excess of 23 years experience in IT and 15 years running companies. He is the designer of one of the World’s largest private networks (Saudi Aramco, over $300M). He is an experienced Project Manager and has been involved in start up businesses since 1995 and has provided business consultancy to corporates and SMEs in many sectors. He has presented technology at Google (Seattle), British Computer Society (Christmas Lecture) and many others. He has spent many years as a lifeboat Helmsman and is a keen sailor when time permits. David is also a published author on papers in the fields of complex networking, distributed computing and cryptography related technologies. His is the author of 30 patent applications in the field of computer networking.
David is a Peer-to-Peer Software Engineer at <a href="http://ipn.io">Protocol Labs</a>. He is building the InterPlanetary File System, which enables the creation of completely distributed applications. He has also contributed to <a href="https://nodesecurity.io">nodesecurity.io</a> and built several modules that enable developers to check for vulnerabilities. He has a Master of Science in Engineering with major in Peer-to-Peer Networks from Technical University of Lisbon.
Devon Read James is the inventor of Open Index Protocol (OIP), a blockchain specification for an open and permissionless database, and CEO of Alexandria.io, where you can find anything published to the Open Index. He has worked for Apple and Sony, deployed twice overseas as a US Marine infantryman, contributed to Emmy & Oscar winners as a post-production artist, and co-founded a small design/manufacture/import business. He is obsessed with how decentralized technology can make the web more open, transparent and trustworthy.
Dr. Dimitri De Jonghe is a cross-domain protocol researcher. After finishing his PhD on micro-electronics and machine learning, he co-founded a series of blockchain startups: ascribe [power to creators] and BigchainDB [a blockchain database], and Ocean Protocol [a public network for data and AI marketplaces]. Currently, Dimitri is heading research at Ocean Protocol on public intelligence networks. He is also a co-chair of the W3C Interledger community, a blockchain interoperability protocol.
Feross is building WebTorrent (<a href="https://webtorrent.io">webtorrent.io</a>), the first torrent client that works on the web in the browser. He is bringing P2P to the masses with accessible, WebRTC-based P2P protocols.
Jay is a software developer with an interest in privacy and decentralization tech.
Joachim is an entrepreneur and tech enthusiast. He is obsessed with knowledge, change and innovation. Currently, he is Founder and CEO of Jolocom, a Berlin-based startup building decentralized tools that lets you generate your own digital identity to assist linkage and attribution of data. Besides that Joachim is a connector for Ouishare, currently curating the content for the Decentralization & Blockchain track of the next Ouishare Fest in Paris. Also he organizes GETDcent and is an active member of the Agora Collective in Berlin.
Joe Hand is Co-Executive Director at Code for Science & Society and a core developer on Dat Project. He has experience developing and managing data-focused programs for researchers and global community-driven organizations. Previously, Joe led a global project at the Santa Fe Institute to transform data collection practices of a community-driven organization, operating in slums across 30 countries.
Juan Benet created IPFS, Filecoin, and other open source protocols. He is the founder of Protocol Labs, a company improving how the internet works. He studied Computer Science (Distributed Systems) at Stanford University. Juan is obsessed with Knowledge, Science, and Technology.
Karissa McKelvey is an open source software developer, writer, project manager, and activist supporting an equitable web. She develops and maintains a wide variety of tools and services for Digital Democracy. She is also a board member of Code for Science and Society. Formerly a data scientist, her work studying online political communication resulted in multiple peer-reviewed papers and press in outlets such as NPR and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to an experienced software and web developer, she leads teams to success with diverse projects in academia, non-profits, and industry. In her spare time she plays the trumpet and volunteers at The Debt Collective as a technology consultant.
Katie Barrett is Development Manager of the Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library, offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to the world’s knowledge in digital format. Her primary goal is to help the Internet Archive improve its financial resiliency, ensuring the long term sustainability of this vital cultural heritage library.
Prior to joining the Archive in 2016, Barrett was General Manager of some of San Francisco’s premier technology conferences, including the SF MusicTech Summit and Future of Money & Technology Summit, where she drove sponsorship and partnership development, and oversaw all event production and planning.
Barrett has a background in membership development, having worked with the Grammy Awards organization as Membership Manager. She promoted artist advocacy at the governmental level, spearheaded artist professional development projects, and drove engagement with many Grammy Nominated and/or Award winning artists.
Barrett is Founder of Pops & Buzzes, an affiliation of accomplished women who work in all aspects of the entertainment, recording and live music industries. She produces quarterly networking events and salons promoting partnership, mentorship and community engagement to female music professionals in the Bay Area.
Barrett spent 2 years teaching abroad in Kamojima, Japan as part of the JET program, and graduated from St. Mary’s College in Moraga with a degree in English.
Lila Bailey is Policy Counsel for the Internet Archive where she advises on the complex legal and policy issues associated with democratizing access to knowledge. She is also a lecturer at Berkeley Law, most recently teaching a course in the Fundamentals of Internet Law.
Prior to becoming the Internet Archive’s in-house counsel, Bailey was the founder and principal attorney at The Law Office of Lila Bailey, specializing in digital copyright and privacy issues for individual entrepreneurs and creators, early stage startups, Internet platforms, and libraries. From 2011-2013, Bailey was a Clinical Teaching Fellow at Berkeley’s Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, where she managed and mentored student attorneys as they tackled cutting edge work in public interest technology law and policy. Bailey’s work there included advising a Civil Rights group on the copyright issues involved in making historical materials available in digital form, working on privacy issues associated with California’s “smart” electricity grid, and drafted a white paper on the benefits of flexible copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries outside the U.S.
Prior to this, Bailey was counsel for Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization offering open copyright licenses that allow the sharing of creative works under flexible licensing terms. In this capacity, Bailey worked with the Open Educational Resources community, to make high-quality educational materials freely available under terms that allow anyone, anywhere, to access, customize, and share those resources via the Internet. Bailey held an Intellectual Property Fellowship with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in 2007, helping Internet users push back against abusive DMCA takedown notices and supporting EFF staff on the early stages of the Lenz v. Universal Music Group case (a.k.a. “the Dancing Baby case”). Bailey served as an associate at Perkins Coie, where she worked on copyright, patent, and trademark litigation. In 2006, she won the firm-wide Pro Bono Leadership Award for billing over 600 pro bono hours for the Internet Archive.
Bailey is a frequent speaker on digital copyright issues nationwide. She received her JD from Berkeley Law and her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Brown University.
Mary Kay Magistad is creator & host of the Whose Century Is It? podcast, looking at ideas, trends and twists shaping the 21st century -- the prospect of a decentralized web among them. After more than two decades as a foreign correspondent in China and Southeast Asia for NPR and for PRI/BBC's The World, she now lives in San Francisco, teaches international reporting to undergraduates at UC Berkeley, and has been a fellow at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto.
(@mekarpeles on GitHub) is a software engineer and citizen of the world dedicated to curating a living map of the universe's knowledge. His philosophies on open access and semantic knowledge systems can be explored at https://michaelkarpeles.com.
Mindy Seu is currently a student in Harvard's Graduate School of Design and incoming fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for the Internet and Society.
As the leader of the Mozilla Project, Mitchell Baker is responsible for organizing and motivating a massive, worldwide, collective of employees and volunteers who are breathing new life into the Internet with the Firefox Web browser, Firefox OS and other Mozilla products. Mitchell continues her commitment to an open, innovative Web and the infinite possibilities it presents.
Mitra Ardron is the technical lead for the decentralization work at the Internet Archive. Apart from building a decentralized version of the archive he is interested in how we can build tools that can work across different decentralized architectures, and has built small libraries for naming and authentication. Prior to the Archive, He co-founded the Association for Progressive Communications (apc.org), co-authored several internet standards, and was CTO on the first peer to peer video sharing system (which pioneered sharding and content addressing). His passions include renewable energy (ran solar payment networks across Africa); and mentoring innovators working to make the world a better place.
Muneeb co-founded Blockstack, a new internet for decentralized apps where users own their data. Muneeb received his PhD in Computer Science from Princeton University specializing in distributed systems. He went through Y Combinator and has worked in the systems research group at Princeton and PlanetLab—the world's first and largest cloud computing testbed. Muneeb was awarded a J. William Fulbright Fellowship and gives guest lectures on cloud computing at Princeton. He has built a broad range of production systems and published research papers with over 900 citations.
Nadia Eghbal explores the economic incentives and community dynamics of digital infrastructure. She published "Roads and Bridges: The Unseen Labor Behind Our Digital Infrastructure" with support from the Ford Foundation, which highlighted gaps in funding and knowledge around how open source tools are produced. While at GitHub, she focused on improving the open source developer experience. Nadia currently works at Protocol Labs, focused on research. She is based in San Francisco.
Nick Lambert, started his working life in project management roles with IBM, before a change in tack led him into senior marketing positions with a diverse range of companies. He has co-authored papers on decentralised networks, presented at several international conferences and holds an MSc in Marketing from Strathclyde University.
Omayeli is a Nigerian born artist and technologist living in New York. She use writing, data visualization, code and satire to put our current realities in a view that exposes issues and fosters disillusionment. She's also interested in making technology and data more accessible and understandable. She gives talks and teaches workshops on creative and activist uses of technology. She's an alum of the School of Poetic Computation and has previously worked as a Software Engineer at LinkedIn. She's currently exploring bias in language at the Recurse Center.
Paul is the co-creator of the Beaker browser and an active contributor to the Dat protocol. Previously Paul helped found the Secure Scuttlebutt project, and has a history of working at small Web development agencies. He's here to talk about peer-to-peer computing and how the Web can become a live environment.
Primavera De Filippi is a Permanent Researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. She is a member of the Global Future Council on Blockchain Technologies at the World Economic Forum, and co-founder of the Internet Governance Forum’s dynamic coalitions on Blockchain Technology (COALA). Her fields of interest focus on legal challenges raised by decentralized technologies, their potential to design new governance models and participatory decision-making, and the concept of governance-by-design. Her book, “Blockchain and the Law,” was published in 2018 by Harvard University Press (co-authored with Aaron Wright).
Richard Caceres is a developer and designer at the Internet Archive. He is also the developer of this website.
Sam Hart is a scientist, curator and editor working across computational biology and distributed publishing.
Sarah Aoun is a data activist, operational security trainer, and Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow working on data privacy and security. Her work lies at the intersection of tech, human rights, and transformative justice. She’s collaborated with activists, journalists, grassroots social movements, and NGOs in the US and MENA region on digital security, ethical data & privacy, and data-driven storytelling.
Taeyoon Choi is an artist, educator, and activist based in New York and Seoul. His art practice involves performance, electronics, drawings, and installations that form the basis for storytelling in public spaces. He has published artists’ books, including ‘Urban Programming 101’ and ‘Anti-Manifesto.’ Choi’s solo exhibitions include Speakers Corners, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, New York (2012); My friends, there is no friend, Spanien 19C, Aarhus (2011); and When Technology Fails, Reality Reveals, Art Space Hue, Seoul (2007). His projects were presented at the Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai (2012) and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015). Choi was an artist in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace, New York (2014), The Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (2014) and at Art Center Nabi, Seoul (2006). He received commissions from Art +Technology Lab, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA (2014) and SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul (2016). He curated Resistance and Resilience at Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Vermont (2012) and directed Making Lab at Anyang Public Art Project, Anyang (2013). Choi holds a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a M.S. from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications Program in the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Choi co-founded the School for Poetic Computation where he continues to organize sessions and teach classes on electronics, drawings, and social practice. Recently, he’s been focusing on unlearning the wall of disability and normalcy, and enhancing accessibility and inclusion within art and technology.
Tara is the co-creator of the Beaker Browser, a browser for exploring and building the peer-to-peer Web. She co-founded Blue Link Labs, the team of decentralization enthusiasts behind the Beaker Browser and hashbase.io. She's dedicated to building the Web of tomorrow as a Web for all.
Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He founded and Directs the World Wide Consortium (W3C) the forum for technical development of the Web. He founded the Web Foundation whose mission is that the WWW serves humanity, and co-founded the Open Data Institute in London.
Tim is a long-time defender of rights such as privacy, freedom, Net Neutrality and the openness of the Web.
Tracey Jaquith is a founding engineer and system architect for Internet Archive since 1996, writing multi-threaded servers, crawlers, and more. She wrote the “what’s related” services that ultimately led to Alexa Internet’s acquisition by Amazon. An inventor with two patents, she is the Archive’s longest tenured employee after founder, Brewster Kahle.
In 2000, Jaquith left for four years to be the technical lead and founding engineer at a financial startup focusing on more efficiently trading convertible bonds.
Recently, Jaquith rewrote Internet Archive’s TV recording system as an open source single server system, capable of preserving 75 simultaneous 24×7 channels, and developed the Television Archive’s “full stack” first and second versions. For more than a decade, Jaquith held primary responsibility for archive.org and its full stack infrastructure, later launching a fully responsive “Version 2” of the archive.org website —migrating to jQuery, bootstrap, LESS, modern faceting, ElasticSearch, postgreSQL and more. She is leading the core infrastructure migration to Docker for archive.org’s in-house AWS and S3-like system. Open Libraries services will rest upon the infrastructure Jaquith is designing.
Jaquith’s first job was at Xerox PARC, writing core low-level C-language image processing and comparison algorithms using novel computational geometry based on research from her Master’s degree.
Jaquith holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Cornell University where she focused on machine vision, robotics and mathematics. Jaquith presents at conferences (Demuxed 2016, MozFest) and is a regular guest lecturer at colleges about news and broadcast technologies.
Vinton Gray "Vint" Cerf is an Internet pioneer, who is recognized as one of "the fathers of the Internet” for his co-invention of TCP/IP. His contributions have been acknowledged and lauded, repeatedly, with honorary degrees and awards that include the National Medal of Technology, the Turing Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Marconi Prize, and membership in the National Academy of Engineering. Cerf has worked for Google as a Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist since October 2005.
Having graduated in Aerospace Engineering and Astronautics CTO Vivekanand Rajkumar worked as a Server Specialist at IBM before joining MaidSafe. He has extensive expense leading UX teams as well as being a certified Mobile platform engineer. Viv’s experience with IBM and his 6 years at MaidSafe ensure that he is capable of leading all aspects of development. In his time at the company he has been pivotal in refining development processes and helping to build the development team.
Wendy Seltzer is Policy Counsel to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT, where she leads the Technology & Society Domain's focus on privacy, security, web payments, and social web standards. As a visiting Fellow with Yale Law School's Information Society Project, she researches openness in intellectual property, innovation, privacy, and free expression online.
Zooko has more than 20 years of experience in open, decentralized systems, cryptography and information security, and startups. He is recognized for his work on DigiCash, Mojo Nation, ZRTP, “Zooko's Triangle”, Tahoe-LAFS, BLAKE2, and SPHINCS. He is also the Founder of Least Authority. He sometimes blogs about health science.
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