“HTTP/2 is a protocol by Google for Google.” – Hugo Leisink, author of the security-focussed Hiawatha web server.
Protocols are political. The future of the centralised Web, like its past, is in the hands of surveillance capitalists. The W3C is the standards body of surveillance capitalism.
@aral This is a hardcore accusation but it opens the debate we talked with @Shamar some time ago... Living standards, and the necessity to have a powerful org in charge of a web browser with its own implementation.
We need to make pressure. Google has monopolized the market and now they can make all the pressure they want... We have to fight this. Not with *alternatives* but with *realities* and independent technologies.
@ekaitz_zarraga @Shamar I see your point. It’s like all the great open source work that Google and Facebook do. I mean the former have given us Angular, etc. And the latter, React, yarn, etc. And there are lots of really lovely people who work at both. I wouldn’t criminalise the whole thing ;)
(See my point?) :)
@aral @Shamar Yeah but I don't think it's the same. FB and G are facewashing their company with the opensource projects while they find some free time developers to help them with no cost.
I think W3C is making standards in what *people* pushes. People like @cwebber pushed ActivityPub and they went for it. The problem is that G and FB etc make much more noise and pressure than we do.
And, independently if we like it or not, *many* people is aligned with FB's and G's interests.
@cjd Right, but that didn't stop you from running an alternative open standard. Which what really matters here: as long as a standard is open and documented, anyone can implement it. Even in the days of IE6 when Microsoft would openly flaunt standards, that still made Microsoft its own standards body. It comes down to adoption, not technical ability.
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