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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: 2) by donkeyhotay on Wednesday April 05 2017, @07:53PM (1 child)

    by donkeyhotay (2540) on Wednesday April 05 2017, @07:53PM (#489308)

    If the web isn't the utopia you dreamed of, don't worry. All you did was create the foundation. It's Al Gore who wants to take credit for "creating the internet". So, if there are any problems with it; if there are "misogynist bullies who just get a kick out of being nasty", just tell everyone to blame Al Gore.

       

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  • (Score: 2) by butthurt on Thursday April 06 2017, @03:32AM

    by butthurt (6141) on Thursday April 06 2017, @03:32AM (#489490) Journal

    Al Gore did say he created the Internet. He also said he created the economy, the environment, and education.

    During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country’s economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.

    -- http://www.snopes.com/quotes/internet.asp [snopes.com]

    He lied. It was really Ted Nelson who did those things.