walled gardens

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.

Facebook: from discreet social network to digital voyeur central?

Facebook’s changes to the way it deals with privacy and sharing settings represent a major shift in the type of social networking Facebook is encouraging its users to engage in.

The company has long prided itself on giving users the ability to control who sees what you share on its network and even went so far as to create a privacy regime that many found overly complicated.