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The Regrets of the Father of the Web

The inventor of the World Wide Web is horrified by what has become of his creation, said Katrina Brooker in Vanity Fair. Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee came up with the idea for the web in 1989 while working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN. His greatest innovation was to give away the source code for free, letting anyone build their own applications using the technology.

“The spirit there was very decentralized,” Berners-Lee says. “The individual was incredibly empowered. It was all based on there being no central authority that you had to go to ask permission.” He shakes his head. “That feeling of individual control, that empowerment, is something we’ve lost.”

Berners-Lee says that he’s disturbed by the way Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon have monopolized whole categories of online activity, and he’s aghast at the rampant spying by government agencies. The web, he says, has “failed instead of served humanity” and has become “anti-human.” Berners-Lee believes that everyone should demand better. “Enough is enough. Get out your Magic Marker and your signboard and your broomstick. And go out on the streets.”

Possible Preaching Angles: 1) Creator; Grief; Sorrow – While God never changes his mind (Numbers 23:19) he does grieve that mankind has deviated so completely from the beauty and freedom of his original design for creation. 2) Disappointment; Remorse; Regret - We also can have deep regret that our achievements or words can be misused or cause unforeseen harm to ourselves or others.


“The Regrets of the Father of the Web,” The Week (7-27-18)

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