MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative

Decentralized Web

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.

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Irene Tenison – 2024/2025 Takeda Fellow

IPRI’s Irene Tenison was selected by MIT’s School of Engineering as aTakeda Fellow for the…

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3/12/19: World Wide Web 30-Year Anniversary

On March 12, 2019, the World Wide Web — created by Tim Berners-Lee — turned…

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3/7/17: Dr. Caroline Paunov – “Making Innovation Benefit All”

Making innovation benefit all: Policies for inclusive growth On March 7, 2017, Caroline Paunov visited…

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7/19/16: Wonks, Engineers, and Innovators – Bringing New Perspectives to Governing

Who should make decisions about our governing our digital future? And how? Current and former…

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7/18/16: Is Internet Policy Economic Policy?

From the day he launched his 2008 presidential campaign, President Obama argued that the Internet…

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3/11/16: Vice President Andrus Ansip (EC) and Secretary Penny Pritzker (US DoC) at IPRI

Why Internet policy matters for everything from MIT’s startup culture to the global economy European…

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12/4/15: Power Wars – Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency

Charlie SAVAGE (website, flyer), a  Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times journalist, and author of Power Wars:…

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10/30/15: Intersection, Scale, and Social Machines: Scholarship in the Digital World

David DE ROURE is a Professor of e-Research at University of Oxford, Director of the…

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Event: IPRI Summer Fellows – Research Colloquium

On Wednesday, September 20, IPRI’s Postgraduate Fellows — who have worked with IPRI this summer to develop research…

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