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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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Tim Berners-Lee Proposes an Online Magna Carta
Berners-Lee on HTML 5: If It's Not on the Web, It Doesn't Exist
The First Website Went Online 25 Years Ago
Berners-Lee: World Wide Web is Spy Net
Tim Berners-Lee Just Gave us an Opening to Stop DRM in Web Standards

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  • (Score: 2) by kaszz on Friday April 07 2017, @11:10PM

    by kaszz (4211) on Friday April 07 2017, @11:10PM (#490594) Journal

    Distribute the pages using peer-to-peer. I suspect these applications are on that path, but not a full solution:
    GNUnet []decentralized, peer-to-peer networking
    InterPlanetary File System [] permanent and decentralized method of storing and sharing files. It is a content-addressable, peer-to-peer hypermedia distribution protocol.

    The onion method is also a partial solution, ie TOR.

    The thing is to store multiple copies of the web page in many network nodes such that there's always a copy somewhere and the source won't need to be bothered or up and running. Pages that are frequently used is stored in the cloud of nodes. While the purged ones has to be fetched again from some or many repositories. Pages can of course also be objects that contains many pages or images. Or one could chop it into several pieces to lessen the burden on a specific node.

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