Dertouzos Distinguished Lecture: From Utopia to Dystopia in 29 Short Years


Tim Berners-Lee


Daniela Rus
This year marks a milestone in the history of the World Wide Web: more than half of the world's population will be online. However, threats to the web are real and many; from misinformation and questionable political advertising to a loss of control over our personal data.

If a future web were to empower the hopes we had for the original web, what would it look like? A new web is possible in which people have complete control of their own data; applications and data are separated from each other; and a user's choice for each are separate. Let's assemble the brightest minds from business, technology, government, civil society, the arts and academia to build a new web which will again empower science and democracy.