This year, we’re asking for speaker applications that focus on Taking Back The Open Web. But what does this really mean?
One thought is that the Open Web is inclusive and encourages fair distribution of ideas with no barrier to entry. It exists in opposition to proprietary systems created by companies for the purposes of lock-in, control of user experience, or requiring payment for entry. In 2010, the New York Times pointed out ways in which these platforms trade fair access to ideas for a better-looking web.
It’s 2018 now, and we’ve seen the impact of opaque, tightly-controlled systems. In “Can We Save the Open Web”, Drupal founder Dries Buytaert asks:
Do we want the experiences of the next billion web users to be defined by open values of transparency and choice, or by the siloed and opaque convenience of the walled-garden giants dominating today?
After helping to implement
and post the first “Read posts
” within WordPress using the W3C Webmention spec
yesterday, I really can’t wait to see what the WordCamp for Publishers: Chicago begins announcing for their upcoming lineup on the topic “Take Back the Open Web.”
Most promising to me is that this WordCamp actively, purposely, and contemporaneously quoted Drupal founder Dries Buytaert in their announcement right after he began contemplating POSSE vs. PESOS and other IndieWeb philosophies.
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I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal processing, IndieWeb, theoretical mathematics, and big history.
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5 thoughts on “Reply to Your Challenge: Take Back The Open Web”
Greg McVerry mentioned this reply on jgregorymcverry.com.
@chrisaldrich pointed me to this: boffosocko.com/2018/05/30/rep… I am glad to see @WordPress publishers pushing back against silos.
Yet I also understand how open source without open doors can never work. We can’t make it another tool of the elite class.
We need a message to the next billion users that can look to for guidance. Like the American Dream, or the digital promise land.
Check it out here: 2018-chicago.publishers.wordcamp.org/2018/05/31/ann…