Drupal and the Decentralized Web, Boris Mann, Drupalcon Global, July 14th

As part of Drupalcon Global taking place July 14th to 17th as a fully online event, @boris will be presenting on Drupal and the Decentralized Web. The session is at Tuesday, July 14, 2020 11:15 PMTuesday, July 14, 2020 11:59 PM.

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Session Description

Drupal is a leading example of a long time open source community, and it grew in part with the transition from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0. It has continued to thrive as a publishing platform, while being increasingly difficult for the average individual to run their own version. With changes in open source licensing, business models, and tech stack, how does Drupal continue its mission of being a leader in the open web? Let’s explore these topics in the context of Drupal and Web3.

Learning Objectives

Open source licensing is changing, and seeing innovation for the first time in 15+ years. From licenses designed for user data protection to ethical licensing, we’ll walk through open source past and future, including examples of new licenses. How do we think about this next wave of open source licensing innovation, and how does it affect how we build software and businesses?

As users and builders of Drupal, how should we think about Web3? As a very broad term, Web3 encompasses everything from p2p architectures to blockchains, and a general desire to have more agency around identities, user data, and hosting of applications. The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) will be used as one example of a Web3 protocol, and how Drupal might interoperate and benefit from working with the Web3 world.

At the end of this session, attendees will be aware of changes in open source licensing as well as some example licenses, learn about some of the components of the emerging Web3 stack, and understand what the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is and what benefits it might bring to the Drupal ecosystem.

Target Audience

People interested in open source licensing, emerging Web3 protocols, and how Drupal navigates the evolution of the web.


Being interested in how Drupal connects to other emerging systems and the role of open source software and licensing in the world.


Articles Mentioned

Ted Leung: Explaining Commons Based Peer Production, er, Open Source (2005)

Extended Internet Universe, Venkatesh Rao, May 2019

Maggie Appleton, The Dark Forest and the Cozy Web, May 2019

Dries, Balancing Makers and Takers to scale and sustain Open Source, Sept 2019

Drupal Modules Related to the Decentralized Web

Technologies and Standards


Micropub https://github.com/w3c/Micropub



Video with @blaine, includes many other resources:


Mozilla adopts Matrix, March 2020


Automattic invests in New Vector / Matrix, May 2020



Secure Scuttlebutt

Presentation video and slides by Evan “Rabble” that does an amazing job of explaining SSB

Boris’ Resources

Announcement post

Local discussion / announce on the IPFS module for Drupal