The Internet Archive hosted the Decentralized Web Summit June 7th - 9th; more info and videos are available at decentralizedweb.net.
Why a decentralized web?
The core vision of a decentralized web is a web that respects user privacy and user data, has funding models besides ads, that is self-archiving, and cannot be censored or taken down.
All technology is political, and all technology reflects human values in its functionality. The possibility of a decentralized web is the possibility to build thoughtful technology around those values which can empower marginalized voices and bolster freedom of speech and expression.
Who's doing what
This is a small sample of the people and tools at the Summit - if something here doesn't look right, let me know.
Represented by Michael Grube
Freenet is a network aimed at activists and people living in repressive regimes. It uses a web of trust in high security mode, which allows users on the network to be effectively undetectable.
Data Storage & Sharing
Represented by Juan Benet and David Dias
IPFS, or InterPlanetary File System, is a distributed file storage system that aims to replace HTTP. Both the Internet Archive and Neocities serve web content with IPFS.
Represented by Alberto Granzotto, Greg McMullen, and Trent McConaghy
IPDB (InterPlanetary Database) is a federated database network built on BigchainDB and IPFS. It is maintained by a network of caretakers around the world, at least half of which are nonprofits.
Communication & Chat
Represented by Lauren Garcia
LevelNews is a leftist news aggregator designed for an open web, and dedicated to journalism without censorship.
Decentralized Development Platforms
Represented by Zooko Wilcox
Zcash is a cryptocurrency built for total privacy - in existing systems like bitcoin, every transaction is public and traceable. Zcash encrypts transactions so that they can be validated while still private.
Represented by Primavera De Filippi
Backfeed is a technology to enable decentralized and user-owned governance and reputation management for a community. Its use cases include ride sharing, insurance, and any operation that requires a large group of people to cooperate.
Represented by Joachim Lohkamp
Jolocom is linked social data, everything from a person's healthcare history to their bank statements to their social media activity, that is owned, controlled, and managed by the individual.