Blockchain and Web 3.0: how will the new-generation Internet work?
Since its appearance, the World Wide Web has had a long way of transformation. Web 1.0 was replaced by Web 2.0, the usual and commonly known Internet. Currently, we more and more talk about the new-generation Internet - Web 3.0. What is it and where does blockchain come here?
What is Web 3.0? Retrospective
The phenomenon of online communication was brought by the World Wide Web – Web 1.0. At that time, the Internet was a network of simple websites without an option of music downloading and chatting with friends.
Later, we witnessed the appearance of the Web 2.0 era - the Internet of quick connection, data distribution, and such websites as Facebook or Wikipedia.
The paradigm-shifting concept of online communication Web 3.0 is expected to replace the usual Internet. Web 3.0 is the third-generation Internet, decentralized and managed by users.
The flawless and high-level operation of the emerging Internet can be ensured by blockchain only. That is why the DLT serves a base for apps and platforms in Web 3.0.
Centralized control vs. decentralization
Decentralization or the absence of the central control is the main peculiarity of the so-called Internet of the future. Blockchain tech will allow to store data in a distributed manner: it will be saved and updated on all the computers at once, not the only hub. Therefore, heavyweights that control data in today’s centralized Internet won’t collect data anymore.
Operating principles and pros of Web 3.0
Blockchain tech and encryption will allow users to control data on their own. Moreover, data collection and distribution without a user consent will be impossible.
Distributed data storage and the absence of a central server will decrease the number of breaches and attacks. It will be impossible to hack the entire network that stores distributed data.
All users will have an access to the decentralized Internet. Moreover, limits and censure would not be a problem anymore since users control the content on Web 3.0.
Current alternatives and the future of the Internet
There is no shortage of blockchain-driven platforms and apps. Step-by-step, they replace software offered by the Internet giants Google and Amazon.
All users are expected to move from Web 2.0 Apps to Web 3.0 DApps. For example, the common browser Google Chrome would take a back seat being replaced by Brave. Storj may substitute storage services from Google Drive and Dropbox.
You will not need Skype and WhatsApp to chat with friends but platforms like Experty.io and Status.
Blockchain-fueled apps would also substitute common operating and payment systems, social networks as well as content downloading servers.
Blockchain is likely to revolutionize the Internet we have nowadays making it transparent and secure. Web 3.0 has already started penetrating our life, all the rest is just a matter of time.