Can We Save the Open Web?
Tuesday, March 15
9:30AM - 10:30AM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
The internet was founded on the principle that information should be open -- that everyone can build together. But we’ve come a long way in how the web looks and operates. Even as millions of websites and billions of people have come online, access to content is increasingly controlled by a handful of powerful corporations like Google, Facebook and Apple. These giants collect and silo our data, leading to questions about users’ privacy, consent and access.
Is the vision of an open web losing to big names? Can we defend the open web and save it for the future? Join me for a discussion about the web’s evolution and how we can put the power of the internet back into the hands of the people.
Co-Founder & CTO
Dries Buytaert is the original creator and project lead for Drupal, a leading open source web publishing and collaboration platform. Buytaert serves as president of the Drupal Association, a non-pr...Show the rest
Dries Buytaert is the original creator and project lead for Drupal, a leading open source web publishing and collaboration platform. Buytaert serves as president of the Drupal Association, a non-profit organization formed to help Drupal flourish. He is also co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed software company that offers products and services for Drupal. Dries is also a co-founder of Mollom, a web service that helps you identify content quality and, more importantly, helps you stop website spam. A native of Belgium, Buytaert holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University of Antwerp. In 2008, Buytaert was elected Young Entrepreneurs of Tech by BusinessWeek as well as MIT TR 35 Young Innovator.Hide the rest