About the Event
Wednesday 17 march
We’re living in a data-driven economy, and that won’t change anytime soon. Companies, start-ups, organisations, and governments all require some of our data to provide us with the services we want and need. Unfortunately, decades of Big Data thinking has led many companies to a consequential fallacy: the belief that they need to harvest and maintain that personal data themselves in order to deliver their services and thus survive in the data-driven economy. This prompted a never-ending rat race, dominated by a handful of large players and driven by a deeply flawed notion of “winning”. Data greed has falsified competition and stifled innovation from the moment data collection became more important than quality of experience. A way out of this dead end is to put people fully in control of their own data by equipping them with a personal data vault. Doing so creates a level playing field where more data is available to put to good use. In this talk, I will explain the Solid ecosystem of personal data vaults, and discuss our plans within Flanders.
Ruben Verborgh is a professor of Decentralized Web technology at IDLab, Ghent University – imec, and a research affiliate at the Decentralized Information Group of CSAIL at MIT. Additionally, he acts as a technology advocate for Inrupt and the Solid ecosystem wherein people and organizations control their own data. He aims to build a more intelligent generation of clients for a decentralized Web at the intersection of Linked Data and hypermedia-driven Web APIs. Through the creation of Linked Data Fragments, he introduced a new paradigm for query processing at Web scale. He has co-authored two books on Linked Data, and contributed to more than 250 publications for international conferences and journals on Web-related topics.