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A Contract for the Web

Congressman Ro Khanna

Mariéme Jamme

Minister Mounir Mahjoubi

Jonathan Zittrain

Dr. Omobola Johnson

Sir Richard Branson

Renata Avila

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Audrey Tang

Gordon Brown

Sarah Brown

Craig Newmark

Hon. Jean Philbert Nsengimana

Paula Forteza

Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Rosemary Leith

Alex Howard

Afghan Girls Robotics Team

Michael Kende

Tom Wheeler

Kenya Chapter

Brent Hoberman

©2008-2018 World Wide Web Foundation. This ...
tim_berners-lee  netpolicynotes 
10 weeks ago by mreinbold
One Small Step for the Web... — Inrupt
I’ve always believed the web is for everyone. That's why I and others fight fiercely to protect it. The changes we’ve managed to bring have created a better and more connected world. But for all the good we’ve achieved, the web has evolved into an engine of inequity and division; swayed by powerful forces who use it for their own agendas.
technology  web  tim_berners-lee  inrupt  internet  solid 
october 2018 by pfhyper
Exclusive: Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the
With an ambitious decentralized platform, the father of the web hopes it’s game on for corporate tech giants like Facebook and Google.
technology  web  tim_berners-lee  inrupt  internet  solid 
october 2018 by pfhyper
One Small Step for the Web… – Tim Berners-Lee – Medium
I’ve always believed the web is for everyone. That’s why I and others fight fiercely to protect it. The changes we’ve managed to bring have created a better and more connected world. But for all the…
tim_berners-lee  solid  identity  netpolicynotes  privacy  open_web  inrupt 
october 2018 by mreinbold
Exclusive: Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web
Exclusive: Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web
Tim_Berners-Lee  WWW  web  2018 
september 2018 by Preoccupations
MuleSoft CTO and Sir Tim Berners-Lee want to open up API silos
No more black boxes! It's time to open up those API silos, agree MuleSoft CTO and Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee
mulesoft  topograph  tim_berners-lee  restapinotes  api_gateway  linked_data 
july 2018 by mreinbold
Tech Thinks It Has a Fix for the Problems It Created: Blockchain
March 30, 2018 | The New York Times | By DREW JORDAN and SARAH STEIN KERR

Blockchain allows information to be stored and exchanged by a network of computers without any central authority. In theory, this egalitarian arrangement also makes it harder for data to be altered or hacked.....“Everything is moving toward people saying, ‘I want all the benefits of the internet, but I want to protect my privacy and my security,’” he said. “The only thing I know that can reconcile those things is the blockchain.”.....Blockchains assemble data into so-called blocks that are chained together using complicated math. Since each block is built off the last one and includes information like time stamps, any attempt to go back and alter existing data would be highly complicated. In the original Bitcoin blockchain, the data in the blocks is information about Bitcoin wallets and transactions. The blocks of data in the Bitcoin blockchain — and most of its imitators — are kept by a peer-to-peer computer network.

The novel structure allows people to set up online accounts that can securely hold valuable personal information without having to trust a single entity that can hoard, abuse or lose control of the data, as happened with Facebook and the consumer credit reporting agency Equifax....start-ups are using the blockchain in an attempt to pry control of all that data out of the hands of giants like Facebook, Youtube, etc.. ........Tim Berners-Lee has warned that the development of the blockchain could come with unintended consequences, like more activity from criminals operating outside the oversight of governments...... most blockchain projects are still plagued by concerns about privacy. For example, the widely used Bitcoin blockchain allows certain data — details of the transactions between users — to be seen by anyone, even if other data — the users’ identities — remains obscured.....Blockchain-based accounts also rely on users keeping their own passwords or private keys, which people are famously bad at doing......Michael Casey, a co-author of “The Truth Machine,” a new book on the blockchain.
blockchain  bitcoin  howto  crypto-currencies  books  digital_currencies  currencies  virtual_currencies  metacurrencies  Tim_Berners-Lee  unintended_consequences 
april 2018 by jerryking
Mary Lee Berners-Lee obituary | Technology | The Guardian

computer scientist Mary Lee Berners-Lee, who has died aged 93, was on the programming team for the computer that in 1951 became the first in the world to be sold commercially: the Ferranti Mark I
Tim_Berners-Lee  obituaries  2018  Guardian 
january 2018 by Preoccupations
Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: 'The system is failing'
Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s optimism about the future of the web is starting to wane in the face of a “nasty storm” of issues including the rollback of net neutrality protections, the proliferation of fake news, propaganda and the web’s increasing polarisation.

The inventor of the world wide web always maintained his creation was a reflection of humanity – the good, the bad and the ugly. But Berners-Lee’s vision for an “open platform that allows anyone to share information, access opportunities and collaborate across geographical boundaries” has been challenged by increasingly powerful digital gatekeepers whose algorithms can be weaponised by master manipulators.
“When I invented the web, I didn’t have to ask Vint Cerf [the ‘father of the internet’] for permission to use the internet,” said Berners-Lee, who previously stated that the internet should remain a “permissionless space for creativity, innovation and free expression”.

These powerful gatekeepers, Berners-Lee said, control access to the internet and pose a threat to innovation if they are allowed to pick winners and losers by throttling or blocking services. It makes sense, therefore, that ISPs should be treated more like utilities.

“Gas is a utility, so is clean water, and connectivity should be too,” said Berners-Lee. “It’s part of life and shouldn’t have an attitude about what you use it for – just like water.”

-- Tim Berners-Lee
The Guardian | | 15 nov 2017
internet-control  internet-freedom  web  web-broken  Tim_Berners-Lee  type-article 
november 2017 by tometaxu
Web We Want
"We defend the Web as a public good and a basic right, and as a catalyst for social justice and human rights."

"The Web belongs to all of us, and Web We Want is a global coalition of individuals and groups working together to build a better Web everyone. We are concerned about the growing number of threats to the very existence of the open Web, such as censorship, surveillance and concentrations of power. ...
"offer small grants, community knowledge and resources to people taking action to shape the Web’s future."

"... an initiative of the World Wide Web Foundation, a global non-profit organisation founded by the inventor of the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee."

Web We Want | | retr 26 jun 2017
web-broken  web-decentralization  Tim_Berners-Lee  type-website  2tweet 
june 2017 by tometaxu
I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it
Today marks 28 years since I submitted my original proposal for the worldwide web. I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities, and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries. In many ways, the web has lived up to this vision, though it has been a recurring battle to keep it open. But over the past 12 months, I’ve become increasingly worried about three new trends, which I believe we must tackle in order for the web to fulfill its true potential as a tool that serves all of humanity.

1) We’ve lost control of our personal data
2) It’s too easy for misinformation to spread on the web
3) Political advertising online needs transparency and understanding

-- Tim Berners-Lee
The Guardian | | 11 mar 2017
data  ethics  internet-control  internet-freedom  internet-security  privacy  web-broken  Tim_Berners-Lee  type-article  from twitter_favs
march 2017 by tometaxu
What Comes Next is the Future
What Comes Next Is the Future is a documentary film about the web created by Bearded founder Matt Griffin. It is the story of Tim Berners-Lee’s creation – how it came to be, where it’s been, and where it’s going – as told by the people who build it.

In the film, Griffin knits together a narrative by mining dozens of conversations with important figures from throughout the web’s history including Jeffrey Zeldman, Denise Jacobs, Tim Berners-Lee, Ethan Marcotte, Chris Wilson, Lyza Danger Gardner, Eric Meyer, Irene Au, Alex Russell, Trent Walton, Val Head, Jonathan Snook and many more.
video  documentary  internet  www  world_wide_web  invention  tim_berners-lee  technology  to-watch  history  cern  interviews 
january 2017 by milesevenson
25 Jahre Web: Wie drei Buchstaben die Welt veränderten | SPIEGEL ONLINE
Vor 25 Jahren wurde am CERN in Genf die erste Webseite der Welt öffentlich gemacht. Zum Durchbruch hat dem Internet eine großzügige Entscheidung seiner Erfinder verholfen.
Spiegel_Online  WWW  Web  Tim_Berners-Lee 
august 2016 by Medienwoche

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