‘The internet’, there are very few people alive today who do not know what the internet is which is quite a feat considering The World Wide Web was only created 27 years ago.
Tim Berners-Lee made it as a way for scientists to easily get hold of information. Since then it has flown forward in leaps and bounds to become the behemoth that we all know and love today.
The web is now a vast knowledge base where people shop for anything they could ever need without leaving home. At the click of a mouse you can be talking to loved ones on the other side of the planet or organising your bank finances before playing games with friends online virtually or otherwise. All this is great, but, as with all great things, there is a dark side as well; people now have to contend with cyber bullying as well as bullying in real life. Your life could be ruined by a hackers whim or monitored of course by your local government whether you choose it or not.
This Tuesday just gone Mr Berners-Lee got together with other top computer scientists to discuss what they can do to bring about a new phase for the world-wide-web. Concerns have been raised about governmental control being too extensive across the net:
“It controls what people see, creates mechanisms for how people interact,” he said of the modern day web. “It’s been great, but spying, blocking sites, repurposing people’s content, taking you to the wrong websites — that completely undermines the spirit of helping people create.”
“Edward Snowden showed we’ve inadvertently built the world’s largest surveillance network with the web”
The group discussed what they can do to improve things across all areas online including payment systems etc.
For the full run down of the days events please head to The NY Times