Tim Berners-Lee

Berners-Lee: the most popular services are bad for the web

Candy and soda might, under certain circumstances, have a negative
impact on an individual’s health. But most of us would probably find it
ridiculous to state that candy and soda threaten the existence of the
human race.

The man who invented the web, however, might be accused of making an
equivalent argument when it comes to the web’s version of candy and soda
— all of those ‘closed‘ services so many of us love, like Facebook and
iTunes.

UK, Sir Tim team up to free UK government data

Following in the footsteps of the US government, which launched data.gov last year, the UK government has teamed up with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the ‘inventor of the internet’, to launch data.gov.uk.

As the domain suggests, data.gov.uk is an online repository for data the government has in its virtual vaults and wants to make more accessible to citizens. From the economy to education, data.gov.uk currently offers just under 3,000 datasets – nearly triple what’s available across the pond on data.gov.

Tim Berners-Lee to lose web privacy fight?

Tim Berners-Lee has today been rightly defending the internet as a platform that should be kept free from snooping, but I fear he is swimming against a rising tide.

The creator of the web (and scourge of print media barons) is fighting against those who want to track and monetise user behaviour.