This is a technology that could have brought peace and love and understanding – but the web dream has become a kind of power to die?
Sir Tim berners-lee told technology tent, he wrote to his becoming less optimistic about the beneficial effects of – but the founder of the network is an important principle for what he considers fight – network neutrality.
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Next Monday, the Internet will celebrate its 29th birthday. In 1989, berners-lee, then a computer scientist at the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva, proposed an information-sharing system that his boss called “vague but exciting”.
He and other web pioneers are optimistic about their potential to promote cooperation and open exchanges. “People who have been connected by technology do great things,” he says.
He cites wikipedia as an example of a dream, but he says that the rise of social media platforms, bullying and abuse are common, making him change his mind.
“At first I thought the main thing the Internet giant had to do was to remain neutral, just to be a platform.”
Now he thinks social media companies need to think about how to improve the problem, perhaps by tweaking the system to reward people for being constructive rather than negative.
The data of equality
But one of the issues that he didn’t change his view was the net neutrality, the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. In the United States, the federal communications commission (FCC) has begun repealing the network neutrality rules proposed by the Obama administration.
At mobile world congress in Barcelona last week, I heard that the boss of the FCC Ajit Pai as it provides a strong defensive measures, and points out that, in terms of network neutrality legislation, the Internet has been developing by 2015.
“He said the same thing to me,” Sir Tim told us, revealing that he had recently had lunch with Mr. Pan. He told the boss of the federal communications commission, computer processing ability in the Internet service providers (isps) makes it easier to discriminate against certain web users for commercial or political reasons, is likely to slow down to a political party web site traffic, or make the competition of company is more difficult to deal with the payment.
But he did not change his mind. “He was surrounded by a group of very traditional thinkers, this thought collection has been the telecoms industry’s ethos of pr machine driven, they think it’s their duty to oppose any rules in Washington, dc, no matter what it is.”
Sir Tim, however, refused to concede defeat in the battle. “We stopped SOPA and PIPA,” he said, referring to anti-piracy measures in the United States opposed by two opposition activists against Internet freedom.
Now he says it is time to let posters appeared again and fight with the us government: “when you have a very failure and Washington is controlled by these interests, so often you’ll find that the only thing is you can do is to take to the streets in protest in public. ”
Our other technical tent respondents also worried about the direction of the online world. For Johnny Hornby of The&Partnership, an advertising firm, the worry is that the Internet giants seem to have little control over what appears on their platforms.
After a week, Nike and its main brands from the United States conspiracy theorists to attract their ads in YouTube channel, he warned that patience has run out: “in some cases, the brand is said to YouTube – although there may be attractive, but we can live without it, thank you. ”
The Internet once seemed to promise completely targeted advertising, let the consumer and tried to contact their company are happy: – the other a utopian vision, now looks a little worn edges.