The Web’s Creator Looks to Reinvent It
Tim Berners-Lee and other computer scientists are pondering newer technologies to create a web with more privacy and less government control.
The web is a little fucked up right now and Berners-Lee wants to fix that by recreating a decentralized web, with more privacy, less government control, and less corporate influence.
At the Decentralized Web Summit topics included: distributing web pages without using a standard web server computer, adding encryption to various parts of the web, and archiving all versions of a web page. There was also a session on payments and blockchains. Every discussion was focused on how to distribute, process, and host data with no centralized control.
In addition to government snooping Berners-Lee has said, "The web is already decentralized. The problem is the dominance of one search engine, one big social network, one Twitter for microblogging. We don’t have a technology problem, we have a social problem.” So even if the summit’s attendees are able to decentralize the web from a technical standpoint, the issue of companies like Facebook and Google controlling so much will still need to be addressed.