Blog post for 1/22 meeting

What I am doing?

I am working in concert with Frode and Chris to bring an improved set of authoring and reading tools to the WordPress platform which adhere to “Englebartian” principles.

It is my intention to carve out some time to work on a new tool that will enable two-way linking of text in a browser. In essence, when a backlink to content is created, I would like to enable a method for the original author of the content that is being linked to to be notified and be able to avow or disavow the link to create a more interconnected network of content which is known among authors and readers. Currently, some level of disavowal is available from certain search engines, but there is no method of explicitly endorsing certain links

How I want to collaborate

I am available to provide user testing and feedback on the different projects other members of the working group are engaged in. I would like to have the same available for me!

What do I want to achieve?

In an ideal world, it would be fantastic if my “backlink 2.0” idea were able to be included in the specification for the <a> HTML tag. Allowing for these deeper connections would enable true decentralization of content and the ability for people to craft their own social and content networks without having to resort to the walled gardens of the current gatekeepers whose motivations may be suspect (Facebook, Twitter, etc).

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