Exclusive: Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web
With an ambitious decentralized platform, the
father of the web hopes it’s game on for corporate tech giants like
Facebook and Google.
Last week, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, asked me to
come and see a project he has been working on almost as long as the web
itself. It’s a crisp autumn day in Boston, where Berners-Lee works out
of an office above a boxing gym. After politely offering me a cup of
coffee, he leads us into a sparse conference room. At one end of a long
table is a battered laptop covered with stickers. Here, on this
computer, he is working on a plan to radically alter how all of us live
and work on the web.