Solutions: Executive summary
What can a new infrastructure offer that would cause a critical mass of people to use it? An escape from paradoxes that seem intractable today.
- Everything is free, yet nothing is free. (Compensation paradox)
Solution: build payments into the core protocols. Every transaction will have a monetary component. The economic model will evolve, as long as there is a technical foundation for it. (read more)
- We don't know who you are, yet there is no privacy. (Identity paradox)
Solution: make identity and privacy management part of the platform. There will be no password form fields; applications delegate all identity verification to the platform, which uses multifactor identification if possible. There will be no cookies; services will offer explicit trade-offs between the privacy level and the personalization level.
- Write multiple times, yet it still doesn't run everywhere. (Compatibility paradox)
Solution: modernize the development and deployment model. Instead of single standard/multiple implementations, there will be a single openly developed implementation of the platform. Applications and services built on the platform can use any licensing model they want. All components will have an autoupdate functionality. (read more)
- Code goes over the network, yet it's not mobile. (Boundary paradox)
Solution: hide the boundaries between machines from the platform. Instead of the client-server model, the developer will view the networked system as a single fault-tolerant computer. Use transactions to manage concurrency.
- The Web is not decentralized enough, yet it is not centralized enough. (Responsibility paradox)
Solution: decouple technical hierarchies from the hierarchy of responsibility. Dedicated police services will enforce the laws and provide other functionality that requires centralization, such as maintain certificate authorities and namespace. Entities will be required to associate their identities with one of the police services which will have jurisdiction over them, similar to the passport/state system.