The Social Linked Data (SOLID) server standard is an open standard supporting decentralised data ownership. The work of Inrupt and the Solid community (Tim Berners-Lee and Bruce Schnier) provides a platform for the recovery of privacy through apps that place your data under your control which is a dramatic contrast to centralising the control of individuals’ data to a few powerful players.
A Solid Server hosts Personal Online Data stores (PODs) which are simply stores of an individual’s own data. Apps can then be developed to save their data to these PODs. The PODs may be hosted by Solid servers in the cloud or even an individual’s own personal Solid server running at home in their own Freedom Box. Irrespective, the data remains under the management of the individual user rather than the app vendor.
This chapter covers the Community Solid Server (CSS).
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