“I Was Devastated”: The Man Who Created the World Wide Web Has Some Regrets

“I Was Devastated”: The Man Who Created the World Wide Web Has Some Regrets (The Hive)

Tim Berners-Lee has seen his creation debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance. But he’s got a plan to fix it.

An expose on Tim Berners Lee in Vanity Fair.
The piece describes Berners-Lee invention of the World Wide Web and his recent work with Solid to re-decentralize the web.

For now, the Solid technology is still new and not ready for the masses. But the vision, if it works, could radically change the existing power dynamics of the Web. The system aims to give users a platform by which they can control access to the data and content they generate on the Web. This way, users can choose how that data gets used rather than, say, Facebook and Google doing with it as they please. Solid’s code and technology is open to all—anyone with access to the Internet can come into its chat room and start coding.

 

The forces that Berners-Lee unleashed nearly three decades ago are accelerating, moving in ways no one can fully predict. And now, as half the world joins the Web, we are at a societal inflection point: Are we headed toward an Orwellian future where a handful of corporations monitor and control our lives? Or are we on the verge of creating a better version of society online, one where the free flow of ideas and information helps cure disease, expose corruption, reverse injustices?

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    July 3, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Counter Narrtive
    New Poltical and Economic Spaces
    Here
    douglass.io

  4. William Ian O'Byrne Reply
    July 3, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    I love it. I’m in. Sounds like a decentralized beloved community system. 🙂

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