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Web inventor wants regulation of web
“What’s more, the fact that power is concentrated among so few companies has made it possible to weaponise the web at scale. In recent years, we’ve seen conspiracy theories trend on social media platforms, fake Twitter and Facebook accounts stoke social tensions, external actors interfere in elections, and criminals steal troves of personal data. We’ve looked to the platforms themselves for answers. Companies are aware of the problems and are making efforts to fix them — with each change they make affecting millions of people. The responsibility — and sometimes burden — of making these decisions falls on companies that have been built to maximise profit more than to maximise social good. A legal or regulatory framework that accounts for social objectives may help ease those tensions.”
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4 days ago by cote
Tim Berners-Lee: we must regulate tech firms to prevent 'weaponised' web | Technology | The Guardian
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, has called for large technology firms to be regulated to prevent the web from being “weaponised at scale”.
“In recent years, we’ve seen conspiracy theories trend on social media platforms, fake Twitter and Facebook accounts stoke social tensions, external actors interfere in elections, and criminals steal troves of personal data,” Berners-Lee wrote in an open letter marking the 29th anniversary of his invention.
These problems have proliferated because of the concentration of power in the hands of a few platforms – including Facebook, Google, and Twitter – which “control which ideas and opinions are seen and shared”.

“What was once a rich selection of blogs and websites has been compressed under the powerful weight of a few dominant platforms,” said the 62-year-old British computer scientist.
These online gatekeepers can lock in their power by acquiring smaller rivals, buying up new innovations and hiring the industry’s top talent, making it harder for others to compete, he said.
Google now accounts for about 87% of online searches worldwide. Facebook has more than 2.2 billion monthly active users – more than 20 times more than MySpace at its peak. Together, the two companies (including their subsidiaries Instagram and YouTube) slurp up more than 60% of digital advertising spend worldwide.
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6 days ago by sentinelle
The original proposal of the WWW
"This document was an attempt to persuade CERN management that a global hypertext system was in CERN's interests. Note that the only name I had for it at this time was "Mesh" -- I decided on "World Wide Web" when writing the code in 1990."
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6 days ago by nhoizey
Progressing the web
Now, I absolutely understand that the immediate priority is to demonstrate that a progressive web app can compete with a native mobile app in terms of features (and trounce it in terms of installation friction). But I’m worried that in our rush to match what native apps can do, we may end up ditching the very features that make the web a universally-accessible medium. Killing URLs simply because native apps don’t have URLs is a classic example of throwing the baby out with the bath water ... If the goal of the web is just to compete with native, then we’ve set the bar way too low.
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14 days ago by straup
Understanding the technologies shaping us, so we can shape them – World Wide Web Foundation
Understanding the technologies shaping us, so we can shape them
One of the most hopeful features of technology is that it’s always evolving. If we don’t like the way a technology is working, we can change it. This, of course, is a complex and constant challenge, but one that all of us — civil society, policymakers and citizens — must take up to ensure the digital tools we use benefit ourselves and our communities.
To identify what changes are most needed, it’s important we fully grasp the dynamics of any given technology. That’s why the Web Foundation conducts original research to help understand the issues, contexts and levers of change in the areas where we work.
Last year we published research on the potential impacts of key emerging technologies, focusing on low and middle-income countries which are often overlooked in the future of technology debate. Now, in collaboration with partners, we’re digging deeper into questions around algorithms, political advertising, online privacy and open data.
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17 days ago by rgl7194
Beautiful Free Images | Unsplash
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22 days ago by pafren
The World Wide Web project
The WorldWideWeb (W3) is a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents.
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