Internet Regulations are coming and Tim Berners-Lee calls out the Danger of a Weaponized Web

In 2009 I wrote a post referencing a Mike Manos post that Internet Regulation is coming. It is now 2018 and the amount of Internet Regulations is not significant in the Western Markets. On Mar 11, 2018 Tim Berners-Lee wrote an open letter.

The web can be weaponised – and we can’t count on big tech to stop it
It’s dangerous having a handful of companies control how ideas and opinions are shared. A regulator may be needed
— https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/12/tim-berners-lee-web-weapon-regulation-open-letter

The Guardian focused on the regulatory and weaponized part of the letter.

Berners-Lee, in an open letter to mark the 29th anniversary of his invention, said: “In recent years, we’ve seen conspiracy theories trend on social media platforms, fake Twitter and Facebook accounts stoke social tensions, external actors interfere in elections, and criminals steal troves of personal data.”

These problems have proliferated because of the concentration of power in the hands of a few platforms – including Facebook, Google, and Twitter – which “control which ideas and opinions are seen and shared”.

Most tech people will disagree with regulations, but there are many governments who agreed with Tim Berners-Lee point that the web can be weaponized.

After 9 years the momentum is gaining for regulations. Are you ready? I am.

Who took over some of the responsibilities Suresh Kumar had when he left Microsoft to go to Google? Noelle Walsh-Elwell and Rani Borkar

I was surprised how popular the post was on Suresh leaving Microsoft to go to Google.  Check out this traffic graph.

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So who took over some of Suresh's responsibilities? Two executives are Noelle Walsh-Elwell and Rani Borkar. Here is a Microsoft article that describes their roles.

A love of math and science was the catalyst that pushed MCIO’s newest Corporate Vice Presidents forward on their paths of learning, discovery, and onto careers in technology.

Noelle Walsh-Elwell, Corporate Vice President of Global Data Center Operations

Rani Borkar, Corporate Vice President of Cloud Supply Chain and Provisioning

Should have done this a while ago turned on HTTPS for default

We all take for granted that if you are going to go to an ecommerce site you want an HTTPS connection. What I hadn't got around to was adding HTTPS to greenm3.com. Will did it yesterday. You should see a locked icon now in your browser url.

The link on how to do for squarespace is here.

  • Secure (Preferred) - All visitors are redirected to HTTPS, even if they entered the HTTP version in their browser. Sitemaps contain HTTPS links and search engines index the HTTPS version. Unsupported browsers can’t load your site.

This was so easy I feel dumb not doing this sooner.