"Releasing his creation for free 30 years ago, the inventor of the world
wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, famously declared: “this is for everyone”.
Today, his invention is used by billions – but it also hosts the
authoritarian crackdowns of antidemocratic governments, and supports the
infrastructure of the most wealthy and powerful companies on Earth.
Now, in an effort to return the internet to the golden age that existed
before its current incarnation as Web 2.0 – characterised by invasive
data harvesting by governments and corporations – Berners-Lee has
devised a plan to save his invention.
This involves his brand of “data sovereignty” – which means giving users
power over their data – and it means wrestling back control of the
personal information we surrendered to big tech many years ago.
Berners-Lee’s latest intervention comes as increasing numbers of people
regard the online world as a landscape dominated by a few tech giants,
thriving on a system of “surveillance capitalism” – which sees our
personal data extracted and harvested by online giants before being used
to target advertisements at us as we browse the web."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics