Do We Need a More Open, Private, “Decentralized” Internet?

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Is it time to rebuild the Web? That’s what Tim Berners-Lee and other Internet pioneers are now saying in response to concerns about censorship, electronic spying and excessive centralization on the Web.

Last week, Berners-Lee, the guy who played a leading role in creating the Web in 1989, held a conference with other computer scientists in San Francisco at the Decentralized Web Summit. Attendees also included the likes of Mitchell Baker, head of Mozilla, and Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive.

Their discussions centered around making the Web “open, secure and free of censorship by distributing data, processing, and hosting across millions of computers around the world, with no centralized control,” according to the conference site.

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