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Tech Giants Have Hijacked the Web. It's Time for a Reboot


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Technology giants like Facebook and Google have transformed the Internet into a corporate monopoly, experts warn, but a growing cottage industry aims to decentralize the Web to ensure free and open information.

World Wide Web creator and ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Tim Berners-Lee launched a "Contract for the Web" campaign through his World Wide Web Foundation to codify an online 'Bill of Rights'; he also co-founded a company developing a protocol to give users control over their personal online data by storing that information, along with data to confirm their identity. This strategy also might de-incentivize the construction of massive cloud data-storage facilities that reinforce monopolism.

One concept, Blockstack, employs blockchain to share computing power network-wide, with software on users' devices comprising the network, storing all user-generated data on their devices.

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