Each month, I send out a list of links from my research or around the web. Here’s the very best links I found in February.
After rebuilding the first ever website back in 2013, the CERN hack team came back together this year for an even more ambitious project: recreating the WorldWideWeb browser, the first web browser ever built by Tim Berners-Lee to demonstrate the networked hypertext capabilities of the web, a browser I’ve written about before. Over the course of a week in Geneva, they managed to hack a new version of the browser that, incidentally, runs entirely inside of the browser! It’s a massive achievement and a fun experiment, made doubly so by revealing the original intent of the web as a two-way street. The WorldWideWeb browser is a read and write browser, which allowed users to interact and shape the web as they viewed it, a vision that has been reversed quite a bit in the last 30 years. Another great artifact of the week? Jeremy Kieth’s fascinating collider timeline of the web’s pre-history.
Avery Pennarun moves the privacy conversation beyond the sheer volume of data being harvested from each and every one of us to the next logical question, what do we do with all of that data? The answer, it seems, is not very much. As one engineer pointed out, “Everyone loves collecting data, but nobody loves analyzing it later.” It turns out (and as some of us likely already know) all that data being leaked out more and more each day may not even serve a useful purpose to those who collect it.