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Theme fund: NGI Assure
Start: 2024-04
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Next Generation Browser Profile Workflow

A profile system for the Verso browser

Users currently do not have much ownership over their browser data, including bookmarks, history, which extensions are activated, etc… Current web browsers do not really facilitate user agency, let alone in a standardised way. And we are not even mentioning the fact that synchronisation between devices is only possible through third parties, because there is no real transit between browsers (just imports). Even worse: despite this data being rather private, data is not really encrypted.

The solution is complex, and it starts with the rework of browser profiles and browser workflows conceptually. This project aims to define the standards of encapsulation of these profiles separately from the browser while keeping privacy and security in focus. The prototype would be integrated in the Verso browser, but along the way the underlying Servo engine also gets some improvements for accommodating these endeavours properly.

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This project was funded through the NGI Assure Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 957073.