29 de noviembre de 2010

Los riesgos que enfrenta la web

A propósito del vigésimo aniversario de la primera página web, su inventor Tim Berners-Lee, publica un interesante artículo en Scientific American en donde expone las amenazas que enfrenta la red mundial, así como los principios básicos que le han permitido florecer.

El artículo se titula Long Live the Web: A Call for Continued Open Standards and Neutrality. Aquí lo encuentras.

Aquí varios párrafos relevantes:

... The Web as we know it, however, is being threatened in different ways. Some of its most successful inhabitants have begun to chip away at its principles. Large social-networking sites are walling off information posted by their users from the rest of the Web. Wireless Internet providers are being tempted to slow traffic to sites with which they have not made deals. Governments—totalitarian and democratic alike—are monitoring people’s online habits, endangering important human rights.

If we, the Web’s users, allow these and other trends to proceed unchecked, the Web could be broken into fragmented islands. We could lose the freedom to connect with whichever Web sites we want. The ill effects could extend to smartphones and pads, which are also portals to the extensive information that the Web provides.

Why should you care? Because the Web is yours. It is a public resource on which you, your business, your community and your government depend. The Web is also vital to democracy, a communications channel that makes possible a continuous worldwide conversation. The Web is now more critical to free speech than any other medium. It brings principles established in the U.S. Constitution, the British Magna Carta and other important documents into the network age: freedom from being snooped on, filtered, censored and disconnected...


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