by Chris Campbell
Laissez Faire Books
“Edward Snowden showed we’ve inadvertently built the world’s largest surveillance network with the web,” Brewster Kahle said at the very first Decentralized Web Summit last month in San Francisco.
“China can make it impossible for people there to read things, and just a few big service providers are the de facto organizers of your experience. We have the ability to change all that.”
Brewster Kahle, if you don’t know, is a legend in the digital world. In 1982, he helped start Thinking Machines, and while there, he helped to invent the world’s first publishing and distributed search system, WAIS, which was a predecessor to the web search engine.