The Morning After: Jack Dorsey misses the old internet

He regrets the role that Twitter has played in the increasing centralization of the web.

Joshua Roberts / reuters

“The days of Usenet, IRC, the web… even email (with PGP)... were amazing,” Jack Dorsey said in a tweet over the weekend. “Centralizing discovery and identity into corporations really damaged the internet. I realize I’m partially to blame, and regret it.”

Dorsey’s tweet is a notable admission by a tech executive who has made billions creating a platform that centralized the way we consume news — and is still involved in other core facets of the digital economy. The Twitter founder isn’t afraid of being outspoken. In December 2021, he ranted about how Web3 had already been co-opted by investors. “You don’t own ‘Web3,’” he said at the time. “The VCs and their LPs do. It will never escape their incentives.” He also said world peace could be achieved with bitcoin.

Sometimes, he's off the mark.

— Mat Smith


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