Can we save the open Web?

Dries Buytaert has written a thought-provoking article on the future of the Internet. Here’s an excerpt:

I worry that some of these platforms will make us lose the original integrity and freedom of the open web. While the closed web has succeeded in ease-of-use and reach, it raises a lot of questions about how much control individuals have over their own experiences. And, as people generate data from more and more devices and interactions, this lack of control could get very personal, very quickly, without anyone’s consent. So I’ve thought through a few potential ideas to bring back the good things about the open web. These ideas are by no means comprehensive; I believe we need to try a variety of approaches before we find one that really works.

I’m not sure that a government entity is the solution, but I would like a Consumer Reports-style review service for platforms and services.

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