Sean Williams

Geodesica & the web

posted on 3 May 2006 at 10:36 am

Geodesica: Ascent features a colony based on principles of free information. New Scientist recently ran an interview with Tim Berners-Lee, “the man behind the web” in which he expressed an opinion similar to mine:

“[T]he conclusion we’ve come to is that you won’t really be able to stop someone from getting at your data, but if they are a government agency, for example, they will have to handle that data in a transparent way, so that you – or the judge – can find the data they used and whether they used it according to the laws.”

That’s very similar to the broad principle on which my fictional Bedlam was founded, and something I believe should be discussed more sensibly in the media. The usual knee-jerk response gets my goat sometimes, to be honest.

You can read the full interview here