How Open Is the Open Web?



Mission Bay Conference Center 2012-04-03


Jatinder Singh

How Open Is the Open Web?

"Web 2.0" is a misnomer because the protocols behind Web 2.0 and the world wide web are not social or object-oriented at all. Web 2.0 is based on the same principles as web 1.0 where the protocols for searching and organizing information are based on static pages linking to static pages.

What makes the internet social, object-oriented, and "deep" is how websites silo their own closed proprietary data. Though the rise of the API has allowed my data to talk to your data, we live in the age of a closed web where data is owned by applications. There are benefits of a closed web, where each application can design its data architecture in a secure, scalable, organized manner. Yet the concept of an open web is gaining popularity, where data is increasingly open, self-owning, or ownerless across applications.

Is a true open web of data even possible? Which types of data will always live in closed applications? What types of new startups, business models, and advertising emerge in an age of open social data / open place data / open object data?

Moderated by Geoff Domoracki, CEO and Co-founder of Data 2.0, this panel features:

  • Jatinder Singh, Director of Mobile Innovation, PARC, a Xerox company
  • Bram Cohen, Founder and Chief Scientist, BitTorrent Inc.
  • Sid Stamm, Lead Privacy Engineer, Mozilla
  • Gil Elbaz, Founder & CEO, Factual
  • Scott Burke, SVP User Data Analytics, Yahoo! Inc.



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