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Despite appearances, this won’t be an epic debate between which of these popular treats reigns supreme. But if you find the online architecture of tomorrow interesting, there are plenty of valuable insights ahead.
Since the inception of the world wide web, the internet has gone through distinct phases of development. These phases have come to represent our past and present interactions with the online world. However, this trajectory remains at odds with the founding principles of online infrastructure. Prominent early-web architects like Tim Berners-Lee remain vocal in their opposition to the current centralisation of web platforms.
However, today’s decentralised technologies offer an alternative to the dominant client-server platforms we have come to rely on. For many, Web 3.0 or the decentralised web presents an opportunity to rectify the issues resulting from decades of rampant, often unauthorised data collection.
However cookies, one of many tools used to obtain user data, have been subject to greater scrutiny in the wake of a ‘user privacy’ push back. Recurring data breaches continue to exacerbate online privacy concerns, and momentum is building. For those visiting EU-based web pages, the recently enacted GDPR protocol now requires the use of cookie notification banners. However, while some data collection mechanisms remain distinctly intrusive, cookies also serve to optimise the online experience by storing credentials for future reference.
So, how do we find a balance between privacy and efficiency? Fortunately, the advent of decentralised technologies and resulting integrations present a path forward. However, to adequately highlight these advancements, an understanding of early authorisation credentials is key.
What are Cookies?
Cookies came to be in 1994 as an internet efficiency mechanism. However, they have since become a crucial source of data for online advertisers, shopping platforms, and page personalisation efforts. But what are they exactly?
In short, cookies are messages ...
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