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11.30.2017
1 hr 2 mins
ILP Video

The Future of the Web

John Williams
Director, MIT Intelligent Engineering Systems Laboratory
MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
and
Abel Sanchez
Research Scientist
MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

The World Wide Web has given rise to new business models, such as Google, Facebook and Uber, but has also created cyber-security problems because of its inherent ?trust? model. Many researchers believe we need to ?rewire? the web to remove our reliance on centralized, trusted third parties. As demonstrated by BitCoin, using BlockChain, very different architectures are possible. This talk will review how Web 1.0 was architected and then discuss how other architectures, such as those used by BitTorrent, GitHub, BlockChain and the Inter-Planetary File System can solve many of the problems but not perhaps all.