Tim BernersLee still believes the web can be fixed even today

first_imgBut he said he never anticipated how nation-states would use the web to influence elections and public discourse. After the 2016 US presidential election, he realized this was “not just about … junk out there that you should ignore, but things that people believe” that have been “manipulated by some very clever and malicious people,” he told the audience at the Post event. He said it was at that point that he and the World Wide Web Foundation, which he’d created in 2009 to promote Internet accessibility and equality, had to take “a big step back” to “reconsider the web.” How ‘pods’ can helpNow Berners-Lee says he wants to fix the problems ailing the internet, and he launched two major efforts in November to turn the web around. The first is the Contract for the Web, which he says will make the web more trustworthy and less susceptible to some of today’s problems. The other is a new platform called Solid, which gives users control over their data. The web-contract project is meant to bring together governments, tech companies and individual citizens who agree to establish common principles to govern the online world. “You can’t just outlaw fake news. It’s much more complicated,” Berners-Lee said. “The Contract for the Web is about locking in a midcourse correction, a change of momentum, back toward constructivism, back toward science, facts.” He said it’s important for as many people as possible to get involved in this effort, and he urged everyone in the audience and around the world to join the discussion. He used the issue of speech as an example. “When it comes to hate speech and free speech, we know Germany and Texas have different traditions on where to draw the line,” he said.   The Solid project, which he’s developing with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is meant to give people more control over their personal data, which today is being bought and sold without their permission. The idea is to give people “pods” for storing data, which would let them decide where and how their information is used by apps that are separate from the data storage. That means you could control what data from your pods is accessed by services such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, he explained. “You can have a personal pod, you can have a work pod,” Berners-Lee said. It’s through these efforts that he hopes people will be able to take back control of their personal information and once again use the web for what he’d intended: sharing and collaborating for the greater good of humanity.  Tags How Chrome changed web browsers 10 years ago 4 The hyperlinks let people categorize and organize their information any way they liked, and easily share it, too. The creation of the web spawned a global technological revolution and created an entire economy that thousands of companies rely on today. Three decades after the system was proposed, half of the world’s population is now online, and there are close to 2 billion websites. But it was CERN’s decision in 1993 to keep the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or HTTP, free and open that allowed the web to flourish. Berners-Lee described how the Gopher protocol, a competitor to HTTP, declined after the University of Minnesota announced it would charge licensing fees. “I’m still not a gazillionaire,” he said. “But that’s fine, otherwise the web wouldn’t have existed.” Trouble brewing Berners-Lee said he was always aware of the potential problems of the web. After all, he explained, there are bad people walking down the street, and those people, like millions of others, have found their way online. But he said it wasn’t until the advent of social media that these voices became amplified. Still, he said he often preached the importance of thoughtful web consumption, telling people who complained of internet trolls to not “browse the garbage websites.” You can’t just outlaw fake news. It’s much more complicated. Tim Berners-Lee 2:24 Where the web began On March 12, 1989, Berners-Lee, who was working at CERN, a physics laboratory in Switzerland, published “a universal linked information system” to help academics from across the globe run a complicated particle accelerator. Within a few years, the World Wide Web spread far beyond its first intended audience of academics and scientists. Fueled by the advent of the then-novel idea of hyperlinking, and a commitment to keep the protocols underlying the network open and free, people could share information on the internet simply by clicking a link. This idea of a decentralized and permissionless way of sharing information was revolutionary. At the time technologists were still building mainframes to store data. “There were folks who thought everything should go onto their own machines, and they invested a lot of their careers thinking everyone had to do it their way,” Berners-Lee said. “The reason why people didn’t go along with these systems is that they wanted to have their own structure and control.” Comments Share your voice Tim Berners-Lee Mandel Ngan/Getty Images Three decades ago, a young computer scientist named Tim Berners-Lee proposed an internet-based hyperlink system to allow the sharing of information among different computers, forever changing how people communicate and use the net. The idea behind what would become known as the World Wide Web was both simple and lofty, he told an audience Tuesday at an event marking the 30th anniversary of his invention. It was about letting people all over the globe collaborate to solve the world’s problems. “Imagine you have a big problem like climate change or curing cancer, but the pieces are in different people’s brains,” he said at the event, hosted by The Washington Post at its headquarters in DC. “That’s what the goal of the web was: to connect all these people.” But 30 years on, the web has been “hijacked by crooks” who could destroy it, Berners-Lee said. It’s morphed into a platform where disinformation spreads like a contagion, hate foments and personal privacy has been relinquished to the highest bidder looking to make a quick buck. Now, the 63-year-old said, he’s working to fix the online world he helped create. I’m still not a gazillionaire. But that’s fine, otherwise the web wouldn’t have existed. Tim Berners-Lee Now playing: Watch this: Internet Tim Berners-Leelast_img read more



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Sudeep demands this from Dolly Sidhu after her engagement with Kabir Duhan

first_imgKichcha Sudeep with Kabir Duhan SinghTwitterKannada actor Kichcha Sudeep has made a strange demand from Punjabi singer Dolly Sidhu after her engagement with Kabir Duhan Singh, who is playing an important role in multilingual film Pailwaan.Kabir Duhan Singh is one of most sought-after actors for negative roles down south. Having made his debut with the Telugu film Jil (2015), he has played the villain in over 20 movies in Telugu, Kannada and Tamil languages in the last five years. He has two big-ticket projects in his kitty and Pailwaan, which features him in a very strong role opposite Sandalwood superstar Sudeep.Having taken a break from Pailwaan shoot, Kabir Duhan Singh got engaged to Dolly Sidhu on June 22. He tweeted a photo of the engagement and wrote, “And It Happened ❤️❤️❤️#Gratitude .” His fiancée also tweeted, “So I closed my eyes and opened my heart to the new beginning ❤️ @Kabirduhansingh #taken #blessed #newbeginnings #kabirduhansingh #dollysidhu.”Soon after hearing the news, Kichcha Sudeep took to his Twitter account to wish the would-be couple. He retweeted Kabir’s post and wrote, “Wohhh…… Happy for u mate @Kabirduhansingh.. Stay blessed… I hope she cooks well.. N feeds u enough for me to look fitter than u … Happy for both of u,, cheers.” Kabir Duhan Singh’s engagement with Dolly SindhuTwitterSudeep’s funny demand surprised many of his followers but it was a pleasure for Kabir Duhan Singh feed him and take his blessings. He quickly responded to the Kichcha star and said that he is waiting for him and his wife Priya to come to his home for dinner. The Pailwaan villain replied, “Ha ha ha ha need your blessings sir and m waiting for you and priya man at my home for dinner “However, Kichcha Sudeep is seen locking horns with Kabir Duhan Singh, who is playing an antagonist in his upcoming action drama film, which is released in Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil on August 9. It is one of the most hyped films of 2019 and the confrontation between the two actors will be one of the highlights of the movie.last_img read more



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Ellen DeGeneres Gives Away Tickets Rallies Astros Fans at The University of

first_imgAttention all @UHouston students. You have 3 hours til you need to be at the E. Cullen building and be on my show.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 24, 2017 “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” held a local Twitter live shot at the University of Houston on Tuesday, October 24th.Ellen tweeted on Monday and Tuesday inviting  Houston Astros  fans to arrive to the E. Cullen Building on campus dressed in the biggest costumes they could find for a chance to win World Series tickets. – / 9 I’ve got something very big planned for tomorrow. If you’re anywhere near @UHouston, be ready. #EarnHistory— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 23, 2017 I’m giving away something huge at @UHouston tomorrow. I’m not gonna tell you what it is. (#WorldSeries tickets.)— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 23, 2017center_img Everything’s bigger in Texas! Today, 3:30PM @UHouston… wear the biggest outfit for a chance to win tickets to one of the big games!— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 24, 2017Via live shot, Ellen asks her fans to rewrite the lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” explaining why they should go to a championship game.The finalists with the best costumes were narrowed down, and after singing their songs, Ellen declared UH students  Damian Falcon, Tahj Bell, and Jesus Quiroga the winners of the World Series tickets I can’t believe the amazing turnout at @UHouston today. Thank you to each and every person who showed up. You’re all incredible.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 24, 2017 Sharelast_img read more



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