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Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s 30

For the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee had some cautiously optimistic words for us:

Against the backdrop of news stories about how the web is misused, it’s understandable that many people feel afraid and unsure if the web is really a force for good. But given how much the web has changed in the past 30 years, it would be defeatist and unimaginative to assume that the web as we know it can’t be changed for the better in the next 30. If we give up on building a better web now, then the web will not have failed us. We will have failed the web.

The IndieWeb movement, members of the Fediverse (like Mastodon), hybrid things like Micro.blog, and the increasingly numerous articles telling you to ditch Facebook and Google, own personal websites again, rediscover RSS feeds… they’re all trying to, indeed, push the web to be “better” in some way or another. Let’s hope something sticks.