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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: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @03:47PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @03:47PM (#489180)

    Arguably the fact that he won a Turing award is more worthy of a story.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @04:24PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @04:24PM (#489203)

    Bot, is that you?

    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @05:10PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @05:10PM (#489220)

      If you can't tell, the bot has won.

  • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Wednesday April 05 2017, @05:43PM (1 child)

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Wednesday April 05 2017, @05:43PM (#489240) Journal

    I don't know about "more worthy" but worth mentioning:

    Tim Berners-Lee wins $1 million Turing Award [mit.edu]

    CSAIL researcher honored for inventing the web and developing the protocols that spurred its global use.

    • (Score: 1) by butthurt on Thursday April 06 2017, @03:13AM

      by butthurt (6141) on Thursday April 06 2017, @03:13AM (#489485) Journal

      The WBUR article does mention it, in the second paragraph.