Article: Interview: Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee thinks his creation is out of control. Here’s his plan to save it

Data, Decentralized Internet, Software

Interview: Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee thinks his creation is out of control. Here’s his plan to save it

Berners-Lee himself is trying to turn our online world upside-down (or, as he says, “the right way up”). His idea: Solid, a new system aiming to drastically decentralise the web. At its core, it’s a platform allowing you to store your private information in Personal Online Data Stores (PODS) which you have full power and sight over.

While most sites and apps currently take your data and move it into a ‘silo’ out of your reach, Solid’s vision is for these services to ask permission to use specific information from your PODS – permission that, crucially, you can remove at any time. In short: it’ll be you who holds full control over your data, not Big Tech. While currently in its experimental stage, the platform is already trialling its system with the likes of the NHS, the BBC, NatWest and even the Belgian government.

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Article: Big Tech Will Soon Use Your Smartphone, Other Gadgets To Monitor What You Do, Report Says

Censorship, Deplatforming

Big Tech Will Soon Use Your Smartphone, Other Gadgets To Monitor What You Do, Report Says

But whose standards are these? There is an implicit bias in whichever standards the coalition will build given that these Big Tech companies are often under the wing of high level politicians.

“What’s happening now in this country, nobody ever thought would happen. It is total censorship,” the former president said, attacking Big Tech. “You don’t have free speech in this country. But you know what happens, they take it off and now people talk about it more.”

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