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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You perceive that I wouldn't like the answer, however it is never the less useful to hear from the naysayers because frankly they'll initially make up the majority. If we could address your reservations, then perhaps it has a shot in hell at working ;)

I'm not trying to persuade you to cease working on your idea, I'm just hoping to bring your head down from the clouds, so you have some realistic expectations. By all means, if you can do it then go for it. Alas, you're not answering any of the questions I pose for you, so I've pretty much said all I can. If you do start working on your P2P social-network I would only wish that you write here on OSNews once it's somewhat useable so the rest of us can take a look at it, ok?

We can't perform miracles, but if they can use skype today, then I don't see a problem.

I don't quite think Skype is comparable. Skype's video-quality is quite lacking, it streams webcam-video which consists of mostly static background and a moving head, and the audio-stream is specifically optimized only for human voice -- try streaming e.g. music over it and you'll see what I mean. I'm not saying it's impossible or anything, but many people don't have the bandwidth to sufficiently stream Youtube HD-quality video to even one recipient, let alone to multiple.

Let me turn the question around, what would be compelling enough for you to use it?

I'm not big on the whole social-networking thing, so I make a poor target to base any ideas or plans on. Really, I can't think of a single compelling reason. If it can match most of the things Google+/Facebook offers and the simplicity, but with more efficient privacy-settings I suppose it'd be enough for me. Alas, as I said, I'm very much the opposite of heavily social people.

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