The web was designed to serve humanity, to enable knowledge sharing, for friendship among people.
But data and services centralization by the Tech Giants have completely perverted it. Centralization causes major threats to our societies: mass surveillance, censorship, vote rigging, opponents arrests , advertising tracking.
The situation is such that the founding fathers of the web, including its creator Tim Berners-Lee, multiply the calls to save it.
The solution: decentralize it again, give users control over their data, fight against GAFAM monopolies, rebuild an independent and non-commercial web based on free software.
Developers, journalists, lawyers, artists and activists are organizing to bring out the “Dweb”, the decentralized and distributed web (again). The Dweb is a corpus of standards (usually published by the W3C) such as ActivityPub, JSON-LD, RDF or HTTP as well as tools including Solid, Mastodon, PeerTube or Mobilizon which aim to put the Web at the service of common good.
As web developers, it is our responsibility to build and promote this new web.
The good news is that the PHP ecosystem now has the tools to easily create decentralized web applications based on these standards. During this conference, we will discover why the Dweb is a crucial issue for the future of our societies, how it works technically, and how we implement it with API Platform!
To do so, I just published a new API Platform component: API Platform ActivityPub! This new libraries component allows:
- Build apps supporting ActivityPub in minutes!
- Add ActivityPub support to any existingAPI Platform or Symfony app
- 100% customizable
- Compatible with all API Platform features
- State of the art PHP / API Platform
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