World Wide Web, not World Wide Monopolies

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Centralized-Decentralized-And-Distributed-SystemSir Tim Berners-Lee, one of the original visionaries of the modern Internet, expresses a desire to see a truly diverse, non-nation-state, non-monopolized Web.

It’s the role of governments, startups and journalists to keep that conversation at the fore, he added, because the pace of change is not slowing — it’s going faster than ever before. For his part Berners-Lee drives the issue through his work at the Open Data Institute, World Wide Web Consortium and World Wide Web Foundation, but also as an MIT professor whose students are “building new architectures for the web where it’s decentralised”. On the issue of monopolies, Berners-Lee did say it’s concerning to be “reliant on big companies, and one big server”, something that stalls innovation, but that competition has historically resolved these issues and will continue to do so.

There is something about the current historical moment that makes us mistake monoliths as more powerful than complex, adaptive networks. Perfect it will take the development of a truly 21st century worldview to get beyond this intellectual weakness.