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The web we have to save

Since I got out of jail, though, I’ve realized how much the hyperlink has been devalued, almost made obsolete. ...
But hyperlinks aren’t just the skeleton of the web: They are its eyes, a path to its soul.

Hossein Derakhshan on hoder.com / July 14, 2015

Hossein Derakhshan is an iranian researcher at Harvard’s Shorenstein and MIT Media Lab who went to prison for six years, mostly for things he’d written on his personal blog.

Since his early, surprising discharge in 2014 “Iran’s blogfather” has shared a lot of interesting thoughts on the current state and the future of the internet on Medium, The Guardian and – of course – his personal blog, hoder.com. Especially the rather long article on how the web has changed during his time in jail is revealing and still worth reading — even though it was published almost four years ago:

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