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In reply to: TBL Has Some Regrets - Mark writes

“We demonstrated that the Web had failed instead of served humanity, as it was supposed to have done, and failed in many places … [increasing centralization of the Web] ended up producing—with no deliberate action of the people who designed the platform—a large-scale emergent phenomenon which is anti-human.” While the problems facing the web are complex and large, I think we should see them as bugs: problems with existing code and software systems that have been created by people—and can be fixed by people.” You don’t have to have any coding skills. You just have to have a heart to decide enough is enough. Get out your Magic Marker and your signboard and your broomstick. And go out on the streets.” —Tim Berners-Lee, Vanity Fair

On the contrary, Tim, the World Wide Web is very human, and these are not bugs” or emergent”: It’s not a perfect crystalline utopia inhabited by rule-following robots reading RDF tags, but instead it’s like an organically grown city, with a mix of lovely things and nice people, and also back alleys and skyscraper offices full of predators. There’s surveillance systems everywhere because the predators wanted surveillance, paid engineers well to make them, and it’s much harder to stop Internet surveillance than spray-painting a closed-circuit camera.

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