Technologies of the Decentralized Web Summit

The Internet Archive hosted the Decentralized Web Summit June 7th - 9th; more info and videos are available at

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.

Decentralized Webs

  • ZeroNet

    Represented by Tamas Kocsis

    ZeroNet is a peer-to-peer web built on the Bitcoin blockchain for addressing, and identity and Namecoin for .bit domains. It also has Tor support.

  • Freenet

    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.

  • MaidSafe

    Represented by Paige Peterson

    MaidSafe's SAFE Network is soon-to-be-released decentralized internet and app infrastructure which rewards users for participating in the network.

Data Storage & Sharing

Communication & Chat

  • Matrix

    Represented by Matthew Hodgson

    Matrix is a communication platform that can integrate with existing chat tools like slack. They just released a usability-focused client, Vector.

  • LevelNews

    Represented by Lauren Garcia

    LevelNews is a leftist news aggregator designed for an open web, and dedicated to journalism without censorship.

Decentralized Development Platforms

  • Ethereum

    Represented by Dr. Gavin Wood

    Wood described Ethereum as "a distributed answer to HTTP POST" - it's a blockcahin-based platform for decentralized app development.

  • Urbit

    Represented by Galen Wolfe-Pauly

    Urbit is an operating system for a personal server that acts as a digital identity and application platform.

Blockchain Infrastructure

  • Blockstack

    Represented by Muneeb Ali

    Blockstack is a platform for application development with built in decentralized DNS.

  • Althea Mesh

    Represented by Jehan Tremback

    Althea is a proposed system for providing peer-to-peer internet connectivity through blockchain enabled rooftop transmitters.

  • Namecoin

    Represented by Jeremy Rand

    Namecoin is a replacement for the existing domain name system that registers identities on a blockchain, rather than a centralized DNS authority.

  • Zcash

    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.

  • Backfeed

    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.

  • Jolocom

    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.

  • Interledger

    Represented by Evan Schwartz

    Interledger interconnects disparate cryptocurrencies and financial systems.