Online / 5 & 6 February 2022


The Future of WebRTC

New APIs, WHIP, edge and web 2.5

What is new in WebRTC, what can we expect to see in the next couple of years? I'll describe some new APIs and speculate on how they might be used. I'll introduce whipi (an opensource implementation of the new WebRTC Ingest Protocol) and use it to illustrate how the WebRTC world is changing. I'll try to predict some new usages of WebRTC - niche high value apps. Finally I'll describe how to create a decentralized web (aka web 2.5) using the datachannel and existing browser technology.

We've all spent a lot of time using centralized video conference services in the last months. We have got a huge amount done at home whilst behind NAT on domestic ISP connections. This has all been possible due to webRTC's design.

This talk tries to look beyond that usecase to new less business orientated realtime media and data apps that are enabled by new(ish) APIs.

For economic,privacy and ecological reasons I'll emphasize apps that move computing to the edge. It will cover Baby monitors, robots, yoga classes and P2P web services and other surprising stuff...


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