January 24, 2022

Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), Internet Archive, DWeb, and Library Futures Partner on Decentralized Web Workshop Series

From METRO:

What is the decentralized web, why is it important, and where is it along the path of development? How does Web 3 differ from Web 2? How does blockchain and cryptocurrencies fit into the ecosystem? Who are the players working to realize this vision? Why is the Internet Archive, a library, a leader in the decentralized web movement?

About This Series

The World Wide Web started with so much promise: to connect people across any distance, to allow anyone to become a publisher, and to democratize access to knowledge. However, today the Web seems to be failing us. It’s not private, secure, or unifying. The internet has, in large part, ended up centralizing access and power in the hands of a few dominant platforms.

What if we could build something better—what some are calling Web 3.0 or the decentralized web?

In this series of six workshops, we’ll explore the ways in which moving to decentralized technologies may enhance your privacy, empower you to control your own data, and resist censorship. Join us to hear from experts in the leading peer-to-peer technologies, from identity to data storage. We’ll see demonstrations of blockchains, cryptocurrency, NFT and decentralized storage projects in action. Learn how Web 3.0 might yet create systems that empower individuals by eliminating central points of control.

In this series of six workshops, we’ll explore the ways in which moving to decentralized technologies may enhance your privacy, empower you to control your own data, and resist censorship. Join us to hear from experts in the leading peer-to-peer technologies, from identity to data storage. We’ll see demonstrations of blockchains, cryptocurrency, NFT and decentralized storage projects in action. Learn how Web 3.0 might yet create systems that empower individuals by eliminating central points of control.

Sessions and Dates

What Is Web 3.0? The Decentralized Web: An Introduction
Thursday, January 27th, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm EST
Info and Register

In an Ever-Expanding Library, Using Decentralized Storage to Keep Your Materials Safe
Thursday, February 24th, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm EST
Info and Register

Keeping Your Personal Data Personal: How Decentralized Identity Drives Data Privacy
Thursday, March 31, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm EST
Info and Register

Goodbye Facebook, Hello Decentralized Social Media? Can Peer to-Peer Lead to Less Toxic Online Platforms?
Thursday, April 28, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm EST
Info and Register

Web 3.0: Decentralized Apps, NFTs, and the “Next Big Thing”
Thursday, May 26, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm EST
Info and Register

Ethics of the Decentralized Web & Uses for the Law, Journalism and Humanitarian Work*
Thursday, June 30, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm EST
Info and Register

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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