Transitioning from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0
A lot has changed since the launch of the first web page 30 years ago. The brainchild of Berners-Lee, web 1.0 offered limited functionalities and was widely used by corporates as a read-only platform.
Staff would interact with web pages to obtain information. Period. They couldn’t use the technology to pass messages or create content. The original purpose, however, was to link up researchers and offer them a reliable platform for sharing information.
Enter web 2.0, and an explosion happened. The digital space was no longer confined to text, but also included a new inexhaustible world of content sharing. The endless possibilities presented on web 2.0 brought forth social networking sites, the likes of Facebook and Twitter, video communities like Tik-Tok as well as knowledge-based platforms like Wikipedia.
Even so, web 2.0 has had its downfall. Top on the list is that the technology deviated from Berners-Lee’s vision when he created the world’s first web page — to enable people to access quality information regardless of their geographical location. Remember, the scientist’s focus was on researchers and learning institutions like universities.
Aside from the content sharing aspect of web 2.0, tech giants have massively contributed to the deviation from Berners-Lee’s original intent. They’ve exploited web 2.0 vulnerabilities like:Insufficient Information Leakage, Authentication Controls and forgery.
As a result, user data privacy and security concerns have been on the rise. Web 3.0, however, promises to provide a lasting solution.
The Web 3.0 Era
The Web 3.0 concept was first suggested in 2014 . Web 3.0 was touted to help patch the security and privacy concerns associated with web 2.0 by enabling users to publish information without third party-interference.
Consequently, users will be the sole custodians of their information. The high levels of anonymity will make it impossible to trace, leak or exploit the shared information or the user’s data.
In order to achieve the objective traditional web technologies will be replaced by blockchain, NFTs and crypto, empowering users to act on themselves, cutting down and enventually phasing out the era of monopoly and censorship.
This is mean to bring to an end to monopoly means dealing a blow to privacy infringement and freedom in the digital space. No single platform will be able to keep records of log-in time, browsing history, photos and other personal details. The underlying principle of Web 3.0 technologies will be decentraliisation-where data ownership will no longer be owned by a few entities but will be owned by individuals.Some of the benefits that are to be brought by this new technology are:Enhanced Privacy, customized and detailed marketing to the web users and more transaparency when it comes to data handling
Some technologies like Metamask, Preserach, Steemit, Status, Filecoin and Odysee are gradually shifting the internet towards web 3.0 We are bound to see more platforms sprouting and onboarding users as we get into this new age.