One of the top VCs in the world is saying that the world would have turned out differently if users had been able to annotate everything — to layer knowledge on top of web pages.

What in the world would change?

This is the essence of what the Overweb Challenge is. Join us in changing the future of the web.

The Internet is a digital Wild Wild West. Most places (other than social media) on the web are ghost towns. Other people are on the site but you can’t see them. And then there’s social media. You don’t know who or what is real, or who is being real.

What if you could see and interact with people on websites?

Hence, quoting information on the web is like sitting on an old chair. You never know if it’s gonna hold.

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You have to be careful what you believe online. Anything goes on the web with respect to expression, as long…

This post is adapted from founder Daveed Benjamin’s submission to the Grey Swan Guild’s Wave 2: Catching Our Collective Breath. The Grey Swan Guild is a global network of 300+ thought leaders and sensemakers with a common desire to “make sense of this new world.” In their parlance, this is a #reNew POV (point of view). Daveed also submitted the predecessor #reVIEW and the successor #reDO.

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The Truth Machine

Last night, inspired by the song “Savage Daughter” spiritedly sang by a trio of brujas in a sound healing ceremony in the tropical dry forest along the coast of San…

The Bridgit Chrome browser extension enables users to organize, share, and ultimately monetize their research. The Bridgit extension enables browser users to create bridges that connect ideas on web pages (represented by content snippets) as an alternative to the link (or hyperlink), which simply connects a piece of text or an image unidirectionally to another page.

Links are centralized in that only the page author can create links from a webpage they authored. The content provider controls the linking, as the link is embedded in the html content they provide. (Culham, 2002) The content provider specifies where on the page…

On May 24th, 2020, teams from across world came together for the virtual Infodemic Challenge: Spotlight ATL Demo Day. Enjoy the video.

A two-weekend global hackathon, the challenge brought together misinformation specialists, hackers, and concerned citizens to respond to the COVID-19 Infodemic. The World Health Organization says:

The 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic and response has been accompanied by a massive ‘infodemic’ — an over-abundance of information — some accurate and some not — that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it.

The purpose of the Infodemic Challenge: Spotlight ATL

What Can Atlanta Teach Us About Responding to COVID-19 as Georgia Re-Opens

A growing number of states are allowing their shelter-in-place orders to expire and considering how they will reopen for business. Communities face a hard question in the new paradigm: how can they balance people’s desire to get back to work and the possibility of economic recovery with the necessary steps to prevent a new spike in virus transmission?

When Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said on April 20th that Georgia would adopt the most aggressive reopening policies in the country, the reception was mixed.

Coronavirus Hackathon: Education

My eyes were half open Sunday morning after a very short night’s rest. But my body was buzzing like a child on Christmas morning, ready to open the gifts that will build on the ideas of yesterday at the Coronavirus Hackathon. Steeping my tea again, but today with cayenne and cinnamon to match my state of mind, and a little honey from the Berkeley bowl to sweeten my day. Back to the education Zoom call to continue the conversations.

My first sight was Andrea — our most awesome facilitator. She enthusiastically greeted me with positive feedback from…

Today was a Saturday much like many in the past month in social isolation and focused around the clock on responding to the COVID19 Infodemic. I started my day with breathing exercises as the sun barely peaked through the window. Steaming fig leaf tea awaited patiently by my open computer. I had signed up for another hackathon, the third one in three weeks. I was settled in my expectations and comfortable with what my team and I would accomplish.

Ready to go, I logged into the hackathon platform, bypassing the stream of emails in my inbox. I knew what was…

Will the 2020s be the Decade of a Bicycle for the Collective Mind?

At the close of the last decade, with — for example — the Cambridge Analytica election hacking and the exploitative data practices of Internet Platforms, we saw in retrospect what can go wrong when the platforms adhere to a “Move fast & break things” ethos that ignores impacts on humans and society. …

One of the hardest parts about discussing what Bridgit is — and does — is that there are simply so many uses. Whether you’re just interested in learning, want to stop misinformation, or just are looking for a better way to keep track of your browsing, Bridgit and the #OverWeb have got you covered!

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1. Bridge to a new idea

Follow or create a bridge to a new, interesting idea and learn something new.

2. Source information and facts

Get 360-degree context behind the ideas, instead of simple link-to-link connections.

3. Save and revisit your browsing

No more bookmark black holes! Stop keeping 10,000 tabs open and stash your favorite bridge pathways — not just single websites…

At Bridgit, we talk a lot about context. It’s kind of at the core of everything we’re building.

But what does context mean on the internet? For Bridgit, context is about depth, learning, and openness.

When you use a link, you’re simply being shuttled from one page to the next without any background or understanding of the relationship between the origin and destination.

Links are blind leaps of faith, typically without context, relationship, or understanding potential motivations behind them.

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As we’ve outlined before, this has massive implications for the veracity of the information we consume online. But it also hampers people who are simply knowledge-seekers from learning, growing, and sharing.

That’s what context does differently.


Bridgit — The Internet of Ideas

Connecting the World with Context. Bridgit is a web overlay that advances the way the world exchanges information on the web. Try our Chrome extension today!

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