Web 3.0: Playing it safe with our data

时间:2019-03-02 01:18:02166网络整理admin

By Annalee Newitz Web 2.0 is well established, and sites like YouTube, Flickr, Facebook and Digg have turned the internet from a static source of information into a huge, interactive digital playground. So where to next? What will the next stage of web culture – what some people call web 3.0 – be like? The overall message seems to be that there are profound changes on the way. If web 2.0 is about generating your own content and sharing it, web 3.0 will be about making information less free. Privacy fears, new forms of advertising, and restrictions imposed by media companies will mean more digital walls, leading to a web that’s safer but without its freewheeling edge. One reason for this is a new realism about personal information. Right now, most web users casually store scads of personal information on the web – email on webmail servers, photographs on Flickr, appointment calendars on Google Calendar, travel plans on Dopplr, and so on. This openness is one of the defining features of web 2.0, but software specialist Nat Torkington of high-tech publishing house O’Reilly Media predicts a backlash. He argues that one major leak or theft of private data could change the climate overnight. “It could be a Three Mile Island of the net,” he says, referring to the 1979 accident that turned the US public against nuclear power. If this happens, users will start to remove their personal details from web services, Torkington believes, or at least impose restrictions on it. “We’ll see a hybrid model,” he says,