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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What we do need, is a decentralized social network.

There are already several ones out there. I have not tried any of them nor do I remember any names, but there's always at least one new contender announced every year.

This needs to be similar to the way email works. Every one can setup his own email server (or you can ask for an account on someone else's email server) and every email server can talk to every other email server. So that means we would need an open standard protocol for "social network" servers to talk to each other.

It's not much of a social network if you can only find people there who you have manually added. You see, if it worked like that all the parties that wanted to see each other would always have to manually establish the connection first, and that kind of removes a lot of the "social" from it. Also, with large friend networks it would quickly become a major drag on the networks, what with hundreds or even thousands of connections.

Ideally you would be able to find thousands of people or companies willing to host "social network" server.

And now your data would again be at the mercy of others.

(Jabber is a decentralized protocol...)

The protocol is actually XMPP, not Jabber. Jabber is a misnomer.

Edited 2014-02-07 22:06 UTC

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