A universal and privacy-oriented protocol to
manage digital permissions

The Solution of A Solid Web for the challenge of
the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security

WINNING TEAM: A SOLID WEB

THE CHALLENGE

An open-source, decentralized and
government-backed protocol for registering
and communicating digital permissions

Becoming fully responsible for your own digital permissions, from accepting cookies to approving invoices to consent of usage of your medical data, is not without its dangers.

The teams were challenged to build a protocol that should be a permissionless ledger with specific entry conditions, so every participant or interface is compliant at the protocol level.

This protocol could be a crucial building block for e-commerce, medical systems and many other uses. It is fully open source for building, for instance to build your own interface to manage a set of keys, but the protocol itself is owned by either everyone or no-one.

SOLUTION

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A universal and privacy-oriented protocol to manage digital permissions

Everyday, we approve and consent without knowing the context and consequences of our actions, without even having the possibility to reject and manage our permissions afterwards. This intransparent and non-informed decision-making leads to a huge gap in control between powerful organisations and individuals.

The team created a universal, reusable and privacy-oriented protocol to approve, manage and revoke digital permissions. This makes it very convenient to manage digital permissions and makes it easier for companies to get the legally binding consent from their customers.The contextualisation of each permission request gives individuals the opportunity to make informed and more secured decisions on the web.

SOLID data pods are used as a universal data storage solution. Linked-data is used to decouple data from applications and allow true data ownership. An open permissions request ontology was created to standardise contextualisation. The evolution of this living standard is delegated to a decentralised authority guaranteeing openness and trustworthiness. Combining these approaches enables third-parties and individuals to take advantage of the inference capabilities of linked-data and ontologies.

By focusing on this linked-data approach the team provides a first glimpse into what it means to give the user true data ownership. Through linked-data the user gets the richest contextual information and therefore comprehensive insights. In addition we connect entities across the web to give them the ability to communicate despite the differences of their applications. This changes the way we communicate permissions and get meaningful insights in a simple, transparent and well-informed way.

The team uses linked-data and the SOLID framework to build an open, fair and contextualized Web. Natively decoupling data and applications sets a fertile ground for seamless communication across the web. Creating relationships in linked-data format and making use of a curated Ontology enables people to make an informed decision on an individual basis, give semantics (context) by nature and progressively make sense of a fragmented digital world.

While it gives useful insights at a micro-level, this indefinitely connected and growing tangle of linked data can result in insights we cannot even imagine. Applications become views and users become owner of their data. The user is no longer locked into services and data silos but has a fairer starting point to act in an increasingly digital world. This is only possible through linked-data architecture.

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