Web 5.0

JUN 14

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Why in news?

  • Former Twitter CEO recently announced his vision for a new decentralized web platform that is being called Web 5.0 and is being built with an aim to return “ownership of data and identity to individuals”.

Various versions of Web

  • Web 1.0
    • It was the first generation of the global digital communications network.
    • It is often referred to as the “read-only” Internet made of static web-pages that only allowed for passive engagement.
  • Web 2.0
    • It was the “read and write” Internet.
    • Users were now able to communicate with servers and other users leading to the creation of the social web.
    • This is the World Wide Web that we use today.
  • Web 3.0
    • It is an evolving term that is used to refer to the next generation of Internet – a “read-write-execute” web – with decentralization as its bedrock.
    • It leverages the blockchain technology and will be driven by Artificial Intelligence and machine learning.
  • Web 4.0
    • It is not really a new version, but is an alternate version of what we already have.
    • Web needed to adapt to its mobile surroundings. Web 4.0 connects all devices in the real and virtual world in real-time.

What is Web 5.0?

  • Web 5.0 is aimed at building an extra decentralized web that puts you in control of your data and identity.
  • Simply put, Web 5.0 is Web 2.0 plus Web 3.0 that will allow users to ‘own their identity’ on the Internet and ‘control their data’.
  • Both Web 3.0 and Web 5.0 envision an Internet without threat of censorship – from governments or big tech, and without fear of significant outages.

 

PRACTICE QUESTION:

With reference to ‘Web 5.0’, consider the following statements:

1. It is aimed at building an centralized web network

2. It aims to improve privacy of users

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

                  B

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