Sibos 2017: web’s future “in the balance”

The cross-border, centralised nature of the world wide web is “absolutely in the balance” right now, warned Sir Tim Berners-Lee, its inventor, at the Sibos conference in Toronto. In his address to the Innotribe conference stream on the past, present and future of the internet, Berners-Lee discussed the balkanisation of the web because of restrictions such as the “great firewall of China”; corporate appropriation of the technology (such as paywalls); and threats to “net neutrality” from political populists, social media algorithms and other sources.
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