Little is spoken about the man who introduced us to the web. The early 90’s saw a man named Tim Berners-Lee come up with an innovation that created a whole new field for innovations. He created the World Wide Web while working as a scientist for CERN. His idea at the time may have been just to create a network for scientists to share information, but it proved to be a life-changing juggernaut.
It is hard to imagine such a man having regrets about his innovation. In an interview to New York Times on his birthday (8th of June), he said that he has regretted a few things and is concerned about ‘www.’ He is concerned that the world wide web has now become the world’s largest surveillance network. He is concerned about a few people having the control over every facet of life. His idea of World Wide Web was to distribute information freely and quickly, with accountability.
Tim Berners-Lee discussed privacy and security concerns at Decentralised Web Summit
On the eve of his 61st birth anniversary, Berners-Lee met with other top computer scientists at the Decentralised Web Summit to discuss the privacy and security concerns and making scientific papers be stored online without any cost.
The current model of the World Wide Web relies on IP addresses and a network of dedicated servers. Both of them can be blocked or tracked very easily. Decentralizing the web would involve reconstructing the framework of the web.
The aim of completely dismantling the web is noble and is being pursued by notable contributors in the field. This notion has the potential to massively contribute to financial security in areas like Bitcoin. The pursuit here is to remove middlemen from the web, be it browsing, transacting, or social media.
What this means for several internet giants is unclear to the common minds, but such a revolution is hardly a matter of little time. Issues of online privacy have been a question for years now, and there seems to have been little progress in the field.