The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
The World Wide Web probably is one of the greatest inventions of mankind. While perhaps not as important as the discovery of fire or the wheel, the World Wide Web is not far behind. The World Wide Web gives the average person unlimited sources to find out about nearly everything. However, it certainly is not perfect. In my opinion, all the biggest problems of the World Wide Web revolve around one element: security.
In today’s World Wide Web, your most private digital conversations and information are stored on hard drives someplace. Your finances are all online, accessible to government spies and, theoretically, accessible to private hackers alike. Everything about you is stored on servers. The storage of your information generates profits for the shareholders of the companies involved while you simultaneously pay fees to these companies for the “privilege” of keeping so much information about you.
The World Wide Web was conceived and implemented in a time when most online humans trusted each other. When email was sent from one person to another, the assumption was made that the names and email addresses that appeared in the recipient’s computer were always the correct ones. During this time of mutual trust, no one ever thought about messages from bankrupt Nigerian princes or about fake Rolex watches. Also, no one ever envisioned that a corrupt government could demand copies of your most private messages and other personal information from the companies storing your information.
My, but times have changed. Sadly, the technology has not kept up with those changes.
A Proposed Solution
One proposal should fix most of the problems with today’s World Wide Web. It uses distributed information and encryption to make sure that only you can access your information. (Other options are available as well.)
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