ĐApps: What Web 3.0 Looks Like


This is an article by Gavin Wood, one of the co-inventors of Ethereum, from 2014. He offers a high-level perspective on how the internet is being fundamentally reimagined using decentralized protocols. 

Web 3.0, or as might be termed the "post-Snowden" web, is a reimagination of the sorts of things that we already use the Web for, but with a fundamentally different model for the interactions between parties. Information that we assume to be public, we publish. Information that we assume to be agreed, we place on a consensus-ledger. Information that we assume to be private, we keep secret and never reveal. Communication always takes place over encrypted channels and only with pseudonymous identities as endpoints; never with anything traceable (such as IP addresses). In short, we engineer the system to mathematically enforce our prior assumptions, since no government or organisation can reasonably be trusted.
There are four components to the post-Snowden Web: static content publication, dynamic messages, trustless transactions and an integrated user-interface.


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