The web’s creator looks to reinvent it

The Ford Foundation Internet Freedom team supported this conference, where creators of and evangelists for the open internet came together to explore ways that a decentralized web could solve some of the more vexing next generation internet challenges such as anonymity, link permanence, access to knowledge and competition.

“The web is already decentralized,” Mr. Berners-Lee said. “The problem is the dominance of one search engine, one big social network, one Twitter for microblogging. We don’t have a technology problem, we have a social problem.”

One that can, perhaps, be solved by more technology.

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