New Berners-Lee Startup Moves Internet Towards "The Web I Originally Wanted"

February 10, 2021
New  York Times

Citing concerns about data privacy, Tim Berners-Lee is attempting to overhaul his creation. 

Part of the Internet Hall of Fame’s inaugural class, Berners-Lee is the founder of the World Wide Web and wrote the first web client and server.

Along with formal regulators, Berners-Lee has voiced concerns in recent years about larger web entities, such as Google and Facebook, having too much access to personal user data. 

To address those concerns, he has co-founded a start-up, Inrupt, that limits access to personal data stored in a virtual safe that is only accessible by the users or entities that have that user’s permission. It has already launched a handful of pilot programs, including one with the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. 

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Berners-Lee said his goal is to move the Internet more towards “the web I originally wanted.”