Saving the Web

Report Overview

Author: Don Tapscott and Christian Keil
Release Date: December 9, 2018

Abstract:

Amid ongoing reports of surveillance, censorship, and massive hacking of data, this research explores how distributed ledger technology can address the challenges of the World Wide Web. The authors argue that blockchain can support the Internet’s founding ideals, decentralize the Internet, and restore the balance of power between individuals and large organizations. They focus on three big issues: open access, fair participation, and the recovery of the individual sovereignty as users. The authors interviewed such experts as Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Joseph Lubin of Consensus Systems, Shane Greenstein of Harvard Business School, Rouven Heck of uPort, and Ethan Buchman of Tendermint. It is an important work on the most critical issues facing democracy and free societies everywhere.

Related Content

India’s Land Registry on Blockchain

This case details one of the United Nations Develop Programme’s projects applying technological solutions to some of the humanitarian agency’s most pressing challenges. As a test case, the UNDP sponsored Blockscale Solutions to build a reliable land registry proof of concept in the state of Haryana, India, as a means of reducing bureaucratic corruption and expediting humanitarian aid in the aftermath of natural disasters. The case compares Haryana’s current system of land administration with the long-term benefits and obstacles to implementation of a blockchain-based system.

Read More

How Blockchain Can Help Regulators

In collaboration with Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada, researcher Alan Majer of Good Robots presents the promise and potential of blockchain applied to the safety and sustainability of Canada’s food supply. He includes in-depth interviews of Emma Weston, CEO of AgriDigital, Padraig Brennan of Bord Bia, and leaders at Agri Traçabilité Québec and BLOCKstrain. Ultimately, he describes a working model of the holistic approach that other government agencies could be taking to test blockchain solutions to pressing national problems that require public-private collaboration.

Read More