A World Wide Web Without Walls

This paper by MIT folks puts forward W5 – A World Wide Web Without Walls: “This paper imagines a very different Web ecosystem, in which users retain control of their data and developers can justify their existence without hoarding that data”

Compare that to what Ross Anderson wrote in 2002: “Information security is about money and power; it’s about who gets to read, write, or run which file. The economics of information goods and services markets is dominated by the establishment and defence of monopolies, the manipulation of switching costs, and the control of interoperability.”

Given the sad reality, W5 will have to rely not only on sound tech design but also on good luck.

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