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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Amazon 10inch Fire tablets 50 off at Best Buy

first_img Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. 7 Tags Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Turo Rylo Share your voice Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Post a comment Chris Monroe/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read Google Home Hub review $6 at Tidal Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See it Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Boost Mobile Now playing: Watch this: Read DJI Osmo Action preview HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 0 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Comments Apple iPhone XS See It Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Tags $59 at eBay CNET Deals Amazon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $299 at Amazon Tablets An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Amazon’s Fire HD 10 lights your tablet fire, for less Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $155 at Google Express Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See at Amazon What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 1:44 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $520 at HP Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 See at Turo Best Buy See It $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sprint The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read the AirPods review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $210 at Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) David Carnoy/CNET Today only, Best Buy is offering $50 off of Amazon’s largest tablet, the Fire HD 10, bringing the price down to $100. That matches the lowest price we’ve ever seen for the 32GB model. (Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the product featured on this page.)See it at Best BuyBest Buy is also offering $50 off the 64GB version of the tablet, which now costs $139. See it at Best BuyThe Fire HD 10 was already a pretty sweet deal starting at $150 (which remains the price for the 32GB model at Amazon, by the way, though we’ll be watching to see if it matches Best Buy’s price). Sure, it lacks the elegance of the 9.7-inch iPad and can’t match the power of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, but it’s definitely a better value — especially at $100. You get a 10-inch tablet with a high-res screen and solid performance, 32GB of storage — equal to the base model iPad — and hands-free Alexa capabilities. Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy The Cheapskate Amazonlast_img read more



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