Cory John Lynch

Cory John Lynch
MIT EECS | Keel Foundation Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Lalana Kagal
Department: EECS
Areas of Research: Computer Systems
Years: 2018-2019
Research Project Title:

Investigating A Decentralized Architecture for the Web

abstract:Social networking services represent a massive portion of Web activity, but they present several issues. For instance, users have limited control over how their personal data is used, and information present on one site is often not usable on another. To address this, our research proposes a decentralized model for Web applications, in which user data is detached from the application. Under this model, users will be able to freely move from one social network to another while retaining their personal information and social connections. In this project, I will create new social applications to evaluate whether this decentralized architecture can improve data ownership while retaining performance and scalability.

Through this SuperUROP, I am excited to apply my experience in web development toward a research project that could change application architecture on a fundamental level. Without a doubt, this investigation will give me exciting insight for my future programming endeavors.