Browsers are one of the most important user agents (software applications that act on behalf of the user) on the Geo Web. They are the main portal for user experiences on the network.
It’s very important to create a robust market for open-source spatial browsers for the Geo Web, so that users can retain control/choice over their data, user experience, and content.
On the traditional web, there’s Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Brave, etc. There’s more choice and freedom than the app store paradigm, but the business model/incentives are still off. Web browsers are typically a funnel for user data, a strategic lever to control another part of the stack, and/or dependent on the generosity of benefactors, grants, and developers.
We think that the Geo Web treasury can be utilized to create a transparent, economically sustainable open-source business model for spatial browsers.