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Tim Berners-Lee or what happens if you are political imbecile
  • 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.

    The divide between people who have internet access and those who do not is deepening existing inequalities, inequalities that pose a serious global threat. Unsurprisingly, you’re more likely to be offline if you are female, poor, live in a rural area or a low-income country, or some combination of the above.

    Big surprise.

    In 2016, the UN declared internet access a human right, on par with clean water, electricity, shelter and food. But until we make internet access affordable for all, billions will continue to be denied this basic right.

    Really? And other so called "human rights" , are they actually available to everyone already? No? May be because "human rights" is bullshit made to distract people?

    The web that many connected to years ago is not what new users will find today. What was once a rich selection of blogs and websites has been compressed under the powerful weight of a few dominant platforms. This concentration of power creates a new set of gatekeepers, allowing a handful of platforms to control which ideas and opinions are seen and shared.

    Another big surprise. Tim suddenly discovered how economics work under capitalism. Yes, Tim, it is imperialism on other side of your window. Big monopolies who become even bigger all around.

    These dominant platforms are able to lock in their position by creating barriers for competitors. They acquire startup challengers, buy up new innovations and hire the industry’s top talent. Add to this the competitive advantage that their user data gives them and we can expect the next 20 years to be far less innovative than the last.

    Well, each big capitalist does all the same, And they did it even 150 year ago, Tim.

    In recent years, we’ve seen conspiracy theories trend on social media platforms, fake Twitter and Facebook accounts stoke social tensions, external actors interfere in elections, and criminals steal troves of personal data.

    Tim, it is your beloved capitalism in natural form, and of course you like to call everything t like as "conspiracy theory" or 'fake news" or "interference".

    Today’s powerful digital economy calls for strong standards that balance the interests of both companies and online citizens. This means thinking about how we align the incentives of the tech sector with those of users and society at large, and consulting a diverse cross section of society in the process.

    Ouch, and this is call to fascism. Idea of negation of classes and idea to find and promote common interests of big capital and worker. Nothing new.

    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.

    And idea to view the web as some tech thing outside society is utterly stupid.

    I want the web to reflect our hopes and fulfill our dreams, rather than magnify our fears and deepen our divisions. Let’s assemble the brightest minds from business, technology, government, civil society, the arts and academia to tackle the threats to the web’s future.

    And this is called idealism. To tackle the threats you need to change society, Tim. It is just a little problem, as it seems like you are on the side of people who made all this shite.