That being said, what would an entirely new kind of Web actually look like? Web 1.0 was entirely made up of static web pages connected by hyperlinks. Web 2.0 aka the "Social Web" emphasised user-generated content, usability, and interoperability. What is needed now is a third Web that enables both people and machines to interact seamlessly via a decentralised, democratic web. By using the blockchain to remove the need for servers, innovations such as Ethereum and IPFS could define Web 3.0 in the same way that HTTP/IP defined Web 1.0 - hence the importance of the blockchain.
Attendees of this IoT Meetup listened to three talks. The first was by James Littlejohn (Dsensor) who explained how smart contracts work. He provided a brief history of a game-changing technology called Ethereum, and this was followed by a demonstration of how smart contracts can be used to securely interact with health data via Ethereum's private blockchain.
The second speaker was Dr Dave Murray-Rust (ECA Design Informatics) who gave an introduction to blockchain technology. This was followed by a few examples of applications he and his students have developed that use the blockchain. He then gave an overview of where he thinks this fascinating new technology could take us.
Finally Fred de Haro, the founder and CEO of Pycom, explained how their newly released triple bearer network LoPy modules can be used to change the way development teams design IoT applications. You can read Fred's guest blog here to find out more about Pycom.
The talks are available to view online via Youtube: www.youtube.com/web3iot
The first day of the Contextual Tech B2C track included the importance of customer experience and context in relation to mobile-first, multitouch-point interaction. Another panel covered customer engagement strategies, and data utilisation optimisation methodologies to fulfil customer needs in real-time, location-based augmented reality, privacy and security, data acquisition, consent, and protection. All very important topics, particular in light of the European Commission's plan to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals within the European Union (EU) under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You can read what I really think about it in my opinion piece, which I wrote for The Times Legal Supplement. Read the full story here.