The World Wide Web is less than 30 years old. Today, there are those of you who will read this post and have no idea there was indeed a world without web. In fact, until around 1990, trying to access the Internet was not for the average pc user.
Beginning in the late 1980’s and early 1990s the tech geniuses of the day began to build search engines and browsers, but they each had their own way of coding and indexing data.
Then in 1991 a man named Tim Berner-Lee and a woman named
” Nicola Pellow, a math student intern working at CERN, to write the Line Mode Browser a cross-platform web browser that displayed web-pages on old terminals and was released in May 1991. ” This according to Wikipedia.
For all intents and purposes Berner-Lee and Nicola Pellow were the founders of what we now call the World Wide Web. It looked nothing like it does today, with all the ads and fancy, colorful photos. But still, it became a great way to find things without having to run around looking in different reference books.
There were several iterations of search engines that came and went before Google took hold of all of us. And once they did get us hooked, they began to collect all sorts of data about us which they could then monotize by selling it to others.
Today, everyone knows everything about everybody, and this same man, Tim Berner-Lee is starting a new company to try and given us all some measure of control over that data and perhaps some income from what we choose to sell from that data pool.
It is an interesting article. Mr. Berner-Lee ” ….has a proposal called Solid, and a startup called Inrupt to promote it, which aims to allow people to have control of their own data, as opposed to the big corporations.
He described this as “web technology repurposed,” and said he is driven by the belief that you should control your data and receive a share of the revenue derived from it. “You shouldn’t worry about someone monetizing your data and influencing elections,” he said, and described Solid as a private repository—or “Pod”—which has a common API for all websites. This would separate applications on the web from your data, and you could then write the data to a generic website and share it via an API with anyone you wish, such as your family or your doctor.” taken from www.pcmag November issue.
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