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Wayforward Machine – a dystopian look at the Internet of the future

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The Internet Archive organization asks what the future of the Internet looks like. For her 25th birthday, she imagined something very special: the Wayforeward Machine. Internet users are thus heading towards the year 2046 – or towards what the Internet could then be.

The organization is based on a dystopia. Websites can be called up, but come with pop-up windows that require you to submit personal data “voluntarily”. Otherwise, the site remains vague and the content is no longer freely accessible. Knowledge on the net must be purchased with the submission of personal data.

What does the future of the Internet look like?

(Bild: Wayforward Machine screenshot)

A timeline from 2022 to 2046 shows why this could be happening. Annual restrictions on freedoms and data protection rights are listed here. Although the scenario is only made up, it shows a possible future. The organization would like to stress that it is good not to wait until it is too late, but to work now to make sure it does not come to this. Some suggestions on how individuals can do this can be found on the website.

This Internet archive is known for the Wayback Machine, in which the web pages of all times of the Internet are archived. These can be accessed through the web address. A keyword search is also possible.


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