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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Guy Who Built The Internet Says 2.2 Billion People Still Offline, Which Is Wrong
- Tim Berners-Lee has argued that the internet access must be recognized as a basic right, akin to how electricity was seen in the last century
- In a letter to coincide with the 32nd birthday of the web, the British computer scientist has called on governments to invest in the future by ensuring internet access to all young people
- Tim Berners-Lee also expressed concern about abuse and misinformation on the web, which threatens the participation of the young people and can force them from platforms altogether
- The 65-year-old estimated an investment of $428 billion from governments and the private sector over the next decade would ensure a quality broadband connection for everyone
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