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    • This just hit from an article posted by the Director of Policy at the Web Foundation who helped draft the Contract for the Web. I remember a discussion with @Mbravo and others on how will the contract be enforced. What follows is an explanation from the article linked below on plans for enforcement. Not saying this is perfect but it does look like a plan.

      3. Ensuring measurement and accountability of the Contract’s clauses 

      and governments that endorse the Contract commit to supporting the
      initiative, promoting its objectives, and upholding its principles and
      clauses. We will hold endorsers accountable in a number of ways.

      to keep their status as a backer of the Contract for the Web, endorsers
      must demonstrate they are taking action to implement the Contract’s
      standards and stay actively involved in developing concrete solutions.
      Endorsers who fail to make serious progress towards the Contract goals
      will be removed as endorsers.

      Second, we will work with other
      partners to track progress of stakeholders’ commitments. We’ll also rely
      on the authority and expertise of regulators around the world to hold
      companies accountable for complying with existing laws that support the
      Contract’s goals.

      Finally, we and the hundreds of organizations
      campaigning on these issues can use the Contract as a tool to keep up
      the pressure on governments and companies, both publicly and behind the

      Today’s launch of the Contract for the Web is only the
      beginning of our fight for the web we want. We invite you to join this
      fight by backing the Contract. We look forward to working together in the weeks and months to come — the future of the web depends on it. 

    • OK this is the definition of Irony. I am not able to access the article due to Medium changing to a paid plan. And I no longer support Medium due to this decision so no chance of me ever paying for a subscription again. I am all about the free market but this completely fencing off public discussions behind a paywall is jumping the shark to me. Even more so since I have been following Evan Williams idealistic vision from day one with Medium. Just a major let down to me. Which fits in nicely with the quote you shared. Indeed somebody needs to make money to help manage our experiences. Is it funded through our tax dollars or directly from our pocketbooks and does either party have the right to control these user experiences is the great debate to have.

      I for one believe the storage of our experiences should be funded through our tax dollars with user data privacy legislation to back it up. The app layer can be private where users pay for services, engage with ads under user controls, and eventually use vouchers to help pay for access collected from some other value exchange. i.e. I do community work in exchange for a voucher to use toward accessing the app layer.

      The Solid team conducted an experiment in Flanders, Belgium using Solid PODS to help citizens interact directly with their government which I think could be a precursor to the idea of using PODs to store user data as part of a government service. Again, this would go south in a heartbeat without legislation specifically holding violators accountable. Anyhow, I have been trading emails with the development lead on this for a new essay I will be working on so hope to have more info later. If you are interested here is the program the Solid team and Tim Berners Lee worked on in Belgium. Very interesting to me.

    • Warning: You are about to engage in spirited discussion as I disagree with some of your statements and will be providing a convincing(?) counter-argument.  I will be publishing my comments on Monday evening, in order to provide time for it to simmer and to make sure there are no ad hominem attacks or passive aggressive statements in my reply.

      You’ve been warned. 😉