Making a better internet


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In this talk I weave together a story about the current state of Internet discourse. At the end I'll tell you how I think we can make it better. And then we'll most likely all go back to what we were doing and forget about it. Despite the likely futility of this exercise I'm going to do it anyway. Because I love the web and I really don't want us to destroy it.

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Making a better internet

  1. 1. Making a better Internet a story in three acts
  2. 2. Computer tycoon Sir Clive Sinclair, 69, weds his 33-year-old lap dancer
  3. 3. WWIC
  4. 4. “IOL has closed comments on thisstory due to the high volume of racist and/or derogatory comments.”
  5. 5. Never readthe bottom half of the Internet
  6. 6. What surprises me the most about the bottom half of the internet, that place where all the angry comments go, is that so many of the people writing them turn out not to be rabid murderers but ordinary mild people who casually fire off drive-by verbal shootings in their lunch breaks. Sophie Heawood
  7. 7. “There’s a rule in the Council that noresolution can be debated on the daythat it’s first proposed. Otherwisesomeone’s liable to say the first thingthat comes into his head, and thenstart thinking up arguments to justifywhat he has said, instead of trying todecide what’s best for the community. Thomas Moore, Utopia
  8. 8. The web is a technology, but more importantly, it is People all the way down People constitute and maintain the network. It is widespread and distributed, but it is very delicate.Like a real web, it needs constant maintenance to keep from tearing. Frank Chimero
  9. 9. Don’t bepart of WWIC culture
  10. 10. “Remember not only to say the rightthing in the right place, but far moredifficult still, to leave unsaid thewrong thing at the tempting moment. Benjamin Franklin
  11. 11. Amplifythe top half of the Internet
  12. 12. Makea better Internet
  13. 13. If we are going to ask people, in the formof our products, in the form of the thingswe make, to spend their heartbeats onus, on our ideas, how can we be sure, farmore sure than we are now, that theyspend those heartbeats wisely? Paul Ford
  14. 14. Making a better Internet is not someone else’s job
  15. 15. References I’m @RianVDM on Twitter