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Tim Berners-Lee: demand your data from Google and Facebook | Technology. world wide web inventor says personal data held online could be used to usher in new era of personalised services | guardian.co.uk - http://www.guardian.co.uk/technol...
Tim Berners-Lee: demand your data from Google and Facebook | Technology.  world wide web inventor says personal data held online could be used to usher in new era of personalised services | guardian.co.uk
"Berners-Lee has in the past warned that the rise of social-networking "silos" such as Facebook, and "closed world" apps such as those released by Apple, which cannot be indexed by web search engines, threaten the openness and universality that the architects of the internet saw as central to its design. He said he was still worried about the effect of hugely dominant or monopolistic companies but believed that the greater ability of small companies to innovate meant it was unlikely that the current web giants would maintain their dominance indefinitely." - lucah from Bookmarklet
He said web users needed to be more conscious that websites that seemed to be permanent fixtures of the online world could disappear within a few years. "Whatever social site, wherever you put your data, you should make sure that you can get it back and get it back in a standard form. And in fact if I were you I would do that regularly, just like you back up your computer … maybe our grandchildren depending on which website we use may or may not be able to see our photos." Berners-Lee said he was concerned by the rise of so-called "native apps" such as those produced for the iPhone and iPad because they were not searchable. "Every time somebody puts a magazine on a phone now and doesn't put it on to a web app [a form of open software] you know we lose a whole lot of information to the general public discourse – I can't link to it, so I can't tweet it, I can't discuss it, I can't like it, I can't hate it." - lucah
In a clear dig at Apple's highly restrictive ecosystem he said: "I should be able to pick which applications I use for managing my life, I should be able to pick which content I look at, and I should be able to pick which device I use, which company I use for supplying my internet, and I'd like those to be independent choices." He said he was also concerned about the rise of relatively restrictive smartphones, at the expense of PCs or Macs. "One of the things I like about the computer that I use is that I can write a program on it or I can download a program on to it and run it. That's kind of important to me, and that's also kind of important to the whole future of the internet … obviously a closed platform is a serious brake on innovation." - lucah
He is most worried by moves by some makers of laptop operating systems to "lock those down too, because they like the environment of the locked-down phone". He said such limited operating systems could improve security but "on the other hand this is the end of the road for the general innovative space which is general computers." - lucah
grazie per la sintesi #lucohperilsociale. sottolineiamo «the effect of hugely dominant or monopolistic companies» - diegodatorino