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Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Web We Wanted at 30: By Tim Berners-Lee

Have seen a number of interviews with Tim Berners-Lee out on the Web turning 30, and how it has differed from expectations.  Agree too, early saw it as an internal, efficiency thing for knowledge linking and sharing, and certainly did not expect the fast universal commercial up take and negative aspects.   Though we should always consider unexpected consequences.  The risk turned out higher than we thought.

At Age 30, World Wide Web Is 'Not the Web We Wanted' 
Associated Press  By Jamey Keaten

Father of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee took the occasion of his invention's 30-year anniversary to discuss how its intended purpose has come up short, from a space for progress-oriented collaboration to a place saturated with intrusive surveillance, disinformation, and corporate control. At a conference at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, Berners-Lee said his World Wide Web Foundation hopes to recruit governments, companies, and citizens to play a bigger role in transforming the Web for good under principles outlined by its "Contract for the Web." The document calls on governments to ensure universal Internet connectivity, availability, and privacy, while companies would need to keep the Internet affordable and private, and develop technology to uphold the "public good." Citizens' responsibility is for creating, cooperating, and respecting "civil discourse." Berners-Lee said the main challenge is balancing out oversight and freedom.... "

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