The Internet Hasn’t Changed In the Last 21 Years!!

2019-01-25 15:26:23

There has been a 1996 Wall Street Journal article that has been discreetly sitting on the web, sitting tight for its rediscovery and restored importance, has found its moment on Twitter this week. Despite the fact that it examines the contemporaneous issues and worries of its time, on the off chance that you extricate the specific issues it relates to the web and apply them to our present day, you'll discover something irritating: nothing’s changed. The core concerns that pained us about our support in online groups and services in 1996 are fundamentally indistinguishable in 2018.


Contentions proceeded over the use of technologies, for example, 'cookies' that gather marketing information as individuals peruse the Web. In 1996, those contentions were so dug in and on-going that they could be alluded to as a continuing thing. But, despite everything we haven't made sense of an adequate solution. Additionally, in the "continuing" bucket is the US government's urge for secondary access to private data. The White House kept on battling the spread of strong encryption technologies for the Internet, backing an implicit secret for law authorization and other authorized bodies.

The article is so on point with respect to 2018 that it likewise distinguishes what might as well be called GDPR, saying that "on the universal front, online users' worries led to the passage of Internet-security enactment in several nations." And, obviously, as Facebook's data collection and insecurity scandal have uncovered, "numerous online clients stay ill-informed about exactly what personal data is accessible on the Internet."

So there, an article mature enough to legitimately drink in the United States has pretty accurately depicted the correct arrangement of issues tormenting our internet use today. It was written before the iPhone and iPad, before Google even existed, before our lives became flooded with screens and cameras and omnipresent high-speed cellular connections.


Whenever a major, multibillion-dollar tech giant tries to plead ignorance on these issues or attempts to oppose that it's confronting unforeseeable and exceptional difficulties; let’s hope that somebody makes sure to show them this WSJ explains of how things were in 1996.

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