Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Feb 2014 22:20 UTC
Internet & Networking

Speaking with Wired editor David Rowan at an event launching the magazine's March issue, Tim Berners-Lee said that although part of this is about keeping an eye on for-profit internet monopolies such as search engines and social networks, the greatest danger is the emergence of a balkanised web.

"I want a web that's open, works internationally, works as well as possible and is not nation-based," Berners-Lee told the audience, which included Martha Lane Fox, Jake Davis (AKA Topiary) and Lily Cole. He suggested one example to the contrary: "What I don't want is a web where the Brazilian government has every social network's data stored on servers on Brazilian soil. That would make it so difficult to set one up."

A government never gives up a power it already has. The control it currently has over the web will not be relinquished.

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I'd be interested, IF you could create something that a non-geek would want to use (and most of them are going to when it is built). That is not an easy task.

First rule: It neads to be easy, easy, easy, easy, easy, easy. If it isn't as simple as clicking a few buttons, it'll be a geek plaything for a few months and then it will be abandoned as "no one uses it".

No matter what fancy technology is behind the curtains, the installation, the setting up of a online identity, the managing and back up of the online identity and the connected data (status updates, photo's, etc.) needs to be something a kid of five can understand.

It probably should be a cross between an online profile, an IM, and Twitter/Facebook Timeline. You can find people through their profile. Once you've reached their profile, you can see their online status and browse their status updates and pictures. If they are online, you can directly message them, otherwise they get an offline message. Having the option of push updates from people you want to follow would be a bonus. Maybe add the possibility of sending voice messages like Whatsapp now has?

Maybe it could have a tabbed interface. Have the first tab be your own profile/timeline, the second the search and contact list tab and the rest of the tabs you can open to have the profiles of your friends easily accessible.

Also, minimal network hassle. Apply every trick in the book to pierce network obstacles any way you can. Getting on "Friend Swarm" should be a click on the connect button. The program does it's thing and a few minutes later you are connected.

It needs to run well on multiple platforms. If it doesn't run and install easily on Windows, OS X, Linux, BSD, Haiku, iOS, Android, Ubuntu Touch, Firefox OS, Windows Phone/RT, etc. it's not going to reach critical mass. So it would need packages that have minimal dependencies on the underlying OS and it needs to be a "one click" install, if possible.

Alpha's can be "compile from source", but the beta program should get me, my mother, my neighbor and the kid two cities over excited.

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