About Web11

Many ecosystems, natural or artificial, reside in a suboptimal state. A river that is vital for a village that is polluted by a factory. The air in a city that is polluted by freight traffic. This is because it is not exactly clear who is giving or taking to/from the ecosystem, and there is no mechanism for obligations or compensations.

By means of innovations in the fields of technology, economics, business administration, design, etc., it is however possible to establish an optimum for an ecosystem, to make arrangements for who gives or takes, and how to compensate. This can improve the entire ecosystem and benefit all participants. Including the ecosystem itself, of course. And that really helps the world. The Web11 Foundation focuses on developing such innovations. The Web11 Foundation is rooted in Groningen, but in the meantime it is branched worldwide.

For more details please read Web11’s Why

The long, historical story

Making ecosystems smart is actually a specific application of the older, more general goal of the Web11 movement. This is to develop innovations for building a better web so that all types of entities can work together autonomously, safely, efficiently, etc. We will discuss the details below.

Connecting everything to the web can make the world a better place. If we do so responsibly. This requires web technology that has transparency, autonomy, decentralisation, security and privacy in its DNA. And a new approach to building connected software systems you understand and control. The future is already here so now is the time to make the right choices and work on technology we trust.

There is an unfathomable amount of untapped value stored in unconnected entities. Whether they are objects, humans, companies, organizations or countries. Connecting them to the internet enables them to participate in an emerging economic system, potentially reaching their own goal while increasing the value of the overall system. While most unconnected entities are at the small end of the scale (there is plenty of room at the bottom), larger entities such as humans also often have difficulty participating in economic transactions that enable them to realize their full potential.

Recent technological advances enable the connection of a fastly increasing number of entities and enable them to exchange value autonomously, transparently and securely. Combined with the fact that this ever more finer grained internet is increasingly permeating the physical world, its value and importance is growing at an exponential rate. A website being down might not be such a big deal, but access and control over your heart rate monitor is a different story. You want that to be as secure as possible and not in the hands of commercial companies. The stakes are getting higher.

Past technologies led to an internet that depends on an ever shrinking number of centralized, power-hungry authorities. And one where security, privacy, transparency, dependency, scalability and maintainability were afterthoughts. This had a number of seriously negative consequences. It requires a better web to tap into the collective value of the smallest connections and unleash its emergent power on large scales. Recent technological developments make this possible. Benefits that used to require central authorities are now achievable in peer to peer networks without relying on third parties. Decentralized trust, accountability, identification, allow for transactions that cannot be accommodated centrally because of privacy concerns, latency issues, large-volume but low-value or complex one-of-a-kind transactions, etc. Besides that advances in AI enable entities to act autonomously. Together with a large number of other technological advances result in a (re)decentralized internet consisting of autonomous entities that can securely transact in a peer to peer fashion. That is what we call Web11.

For more details please read Web11’s Why