Why we should all care about Open Web

In a world where conformism often dictates our actions, advocating for the open web might not seem immediately rewarding. However, embracing the open web is crucial for several reasons, which go beyond immediate gratification or resolving personal challenges.

  1. Open Web as a Gateway to Innovation The concept of an open web is synonymous with the availability of open data, a critical driver of innovation and new possibilities.

Consider the example of a groundbreaking algorithm that deciphers semantic links between textual elements autonomously, a significant milestone in AI development. This algorithm’s existence owes much to open-access resources like Wikipedia, which regularly releases its data, enabling researchers globally to refine and apply such algorithms, uncovering intricate relationships between various entities.

Prior to this, a notable university project pursued similar objectives but relied heavily on manual input, proving less efficient and conclusive. Imagine the potential advancements if more data were freely available on the web. Instances of using open web data to visualize complex social relationships already hint at the untapped potential in various fields.

  1. Open Web for Data Permanence It might seem far-fetched to consider the disappearance of major social media platforms, but history shows otherwise. Several once-prominent platforms have vanished or declined, reminding us of the volatility of such entities.

In contrast, consider platforms like WordPress. Even in the hypothetical scenario of their parent company’s downfall, these platforms would likely persist, thanks to the open web’s nature. Various companies and alternatives continuously innovate in this space, facilitated by the ease of data transfer and independence.

  1. Open Web for Data Autonomy A common critique of certain major platforms is the lack of control users have over their data, from difficulties in searching feeds to the challenges in permanently deleting old content. This issue, coupled with algorithm-driven content curation, can narrow users’ perspectives.

Are most of the open web tools out there flawless? No they are not.

While the open web tools of today may not be flawless or widely adopted, they represent a step towards greater user control and autonomy. Simple actions like adding specific links to personal websites or employing microformats can be initial steps towards embracing the open web. For those more experienced, contributing to the development of better tools is invaluable.

The journey towards a more open web is ongoing. By understanding its significance and actively participating in its evolution, we can contribute to a richer, more innovative, and user-empowered internet.

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