Inventor of the World Wide Web Urges People to Fight for Complete Control of Their Data

Last month, Tim Berners-Lee slammed the increasing commodification of personal information and called for people to fight for “complete control” of their data. Berners-Lee is the inventor of the World Wide Web, and a British scientist.

When it comes to personal information, corporations “should not be able to sell it for money,” Berners-Lee said. “You should have complete control of your data. It’s not oil. It’s not a commodity,” he told a small group gathered at CERN.

Berners-Lee, launched a development platform called “Solid” aimed at giving users control of their data. The platform works “to separate the apps from the data storage” so people can decide what personal information they share.

He wrote in a letter, “If we give up on building a better web now, then the web will not have failed us. We will have failed the web.” Adding an optimistic note he wrote, “Given how much the web has changed in the past 30 years, it would be defeatist and unimaginative to assume that the web as we know it can’t be changed for the better in the next 30.”



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