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Web inventor urges users to seek 'complete control' of data
World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee on Monday slammed the increasing commodification of personal information and appealed for internet users to strive to maintain "complete control" of their data.
Berners-Lee, credited with creating the web in 1989, is on a mission to save his invention from a range of problems increasingly dominating online life, including misinformation and a lack of data protection.
"You should have complete control of your data. It's not oil. It's not a commodity," he told a small group of journalists gathered at Europe's physics lab CERN, where he first came up with the idea for the web 30 years ago....
Stephen Shankland wrote: .... If you're tired of companies hoarding all kinds of personal data about you, you could be able to try an alternative approach [in 2019] fromÂ Inrupt, the startup from web creator Tim Berners-Lee.
InruptÂ is backing an open-source project calledÂ SolidÂ that's designed to let usÂ keep control over our own dataÂ instead of leaving it in the data centers of companies like Facebook and Google. You store the data in your own "pod," and those companies get access only when you grant permission....