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Doing us a Solid: Tim Berners-Lee’s ‘One Small Step’ to regain control of our personal data

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Tim Berners-Lee's open-protocol, free-information playground has become overgrown with the imposing edifices of personal-data-gorging behemoths like Facebook, Google, and Amazon, and he’s not happy about it. The founding father of the internet has become frustrated with the large-scale data reapers, the geopolitical intrusions, and the attempts to compromise net neutrality. Angered by their inability or unwillingness to police themselves, Berners-Lee is calling time on the powers twisting his vision to their own unequitable ends. For all the good we've achieved, the web has evolved into an engine of inequity and division; swayed by powerful forces who use it for their own agendas. Today, I believe we’ve reached a critical tipping point, and that powerful change for the better is possible — and necessary. — Tim Berners-Lee
Berners-Lee’s original vision for the Web (then-called Mesh) Enter Solid (Social Linked Data), an open-source project devised by Berners-Lee and colleagues fr…