Based at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Decentralized Information Group (DIG) is led by Tim Berners-Lee and Lalana Kagal. We are interested in investigating decentralized techniques and technologies that effect social change. We explore how to radically change the way Web applications work today, resulting in decentralized architectures that enable true data ownership with the SOLID project; work on frameworks that ensure information can be shared, used, and manipulated in a way that is compliant with regulation, business rules, social norms, and user preferences; investigate methodologies to make algorithms trustworthy and accountable, as well as harness mobile technologies for disaster relief.
DIG’s work is closely coordinated with the activities of the World Wide Web Consortium, the international standards-setting organization for the Web. We are also associated with the Internet Policy Research Initiative.