Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee wants to give you your data back

CNET | 4/2/2019 | Stephen Shankland
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World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee speaks at the Oktane 2019 conference.

Tim Berners-Lee, who three decades ago invented the World Wide Web, has a utopian vision despite all the online dystopia.

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He's backing open-source technology called Solid -- and a startup called Inrupt that hopes to commercialize it -- that's designed to pry your data out of the hands of those who'd strip-mine it for targeted ads and political manipulation schemes. By storing that data in online repositories called Solid pods that you control, you could share it with those you wish and keep everybody else from prying. Facebook Schmacebook.

"We want to use this 30-year point to do a mid-course correction," Berners-Lee said. "Were seeing a huge backlash against the dystopia of the tech world out there."

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He made his case at Oktane 2019, a conference in San Francisco from the company Okta that focuses on online identity and authentication technology. But calling for reform of the web has been something of a stump speech for Berners-Lee, who 30 years ago wrote and shared the initial software that enabled people to publish their own websites and read others'.

Berners-Lee has been calling for improvements to the web for years and has added fake news and election tampering to his list of ills. On the World Wide Web's 30th birthday earlier this year, he urged collective action to fix its problems. He's hoping Solid will be a better foundation.

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To get to that future, he'll have to coax a lot of developers to build software that works on the technology. And he'll have to convince the rest of us to be content paying our own way, because ads are an unhealthy way to fund the internet, he said.

"With advertising you're never going to get the motivations aligned," Berners-Lee said. That's a common refrain with websites...
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