The web can be weaponised

Posted on 12 March 2018 in Useful

Happy Birthday WWW!

Today, the world wide web turns 29. This year marks a milestone in the web’s history: for the first time, we will cross the tipping point when more than half of the world’s population will be online.

An open letter from Tim Berners-Lee discussing the centralisation of the web and what could/should be done about it.

Two myths currently limit our collective imagination: the myth that advertising is the only possible business model for online companies, and the myth that it’s too late to change the way platforms operate. On both points, we need to be a little more creative. While the problems facing the web are complex and large, I think we should see them as bugs: problems with existing code and software systems that have been created by people – and can be fixed by people. Create a new set of incentives and changes in the code will follow. We can design a web that creates a constructive and supportive environment.

Read the letter
Posted on 12 March 2018 in Useful