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posted by martyb on Wednesday April 05 2017, @02:38PM   Printer-friendly
from the no-itsy-bitsy-spider dept.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee gave an interview with radio station WBUR about the state of the Web and its future:

Berners-Lee initially imagined the web as a beautiful platform that could help us overcome national and cultural boundaries. He envisioned it would break down silos, but many people today believe the web has created silos.

And he still largely sees the potential of the web, but the web has not turned out to be the complete cyber Utopian dream he had hoped. He's particularly worried about the dark side of social media — places where he says anonymity is being used by "misogynist bullies, by nasty people who just get a kick out of being nasty."

He also identified personal data privacy, the spread of misinformation, and a lack of transparency in online political advertising as major problems with the current Web in a letter marking the World Wide Web's 28th birthday last month.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @02:43PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @02:43PM (#489163)

    Come on. Berners-Lee initially imagined the web as a directory of information for CERN. That's it.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @03:08PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @03:08PM (#489168)

    Come on. Berners-Lee initially imagined the web as a directory of information for CERN. That's it.

    No, surely it was invented as a means for him to avoid having to do any real physics work but still appearing to 'contribute'...or so I was told.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @03:28PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @03:28PM (#489174)

      Haven't you heard? Excess salt can be bad for your health.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @05:42PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @05:42PM (#489238)

        But my doctor said my bloodwork indicates I need more salt in my diet. :(

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Bot on Wednesday April 05 2017, @03:47PM

    by Bot (3902) on Wednesday April 05 2017, @03:47PM (#489181) Journal

    Going out on a limb here, but if he called it "hypertext transport protocol" he maybe wanted to create a hypertext network. A Xanadu [wikipedia.org] implementation basically, and we know that radically simplified versions of visionary projects (smalltalk -> modern GUI, Lisa -> McIntosh, MULTICS -> Unix) can yield better commercial results than the originals.

    This means he should be looking at gnunet and ipfs with interest, and abhor all web 2.0 related, instead of blabbering about the problems of darknets. Where do leaks come from, google news? CNN? sheesh.

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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @04:22PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @04:22PM (#489201)

    Come on. Berners-Lee initially imagined the web as a directory of information for CERN. That's it.

    But it's soooo much more now. Like my wife ... I imagined her has a fine young thing but there is so much more of her now.