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Tim Berners-Lee Talks About the Web Again

Accepted submission by takyon at 2017-04-05 00:06:11
Digital Liberty

Tim Berners-Lee gave an interview with WBUR [wbur.org] 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 [wbur.org].

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 [webfoundation.org] 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.

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


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