Tim Berners-Lee Is Going To Change The Internet; Again

Ruben Fields
November 8, 2018

Berners-Lee wants to fix the broken internet and has, through his World Wide Web Foundation, released a "Contract for the Web" that includes guidelines for corporations, governments, and citizens such that they ensure an "open web" for all. More than half the world's population remains offline, and the rate of new people getting connected is slowing. Last month, Berners-Lee's Web Foundation also found a dramatic slowdown in the Internet's growth, with rural populations and women disproportionately excluded from the online revolution.

More than 50 companies and organizations, including Facebook (FB), Google (GOOGL) and the French government have signed the contract, which will be published in full in May 2019.

"Those of us who are online are seeing our rights and freedoms threatened", he said in a statement announcing the project, which was organized by his nonprofit the World Wide Web Foundation. "We believe it offers an important opportunity to step back and examine the responsibilities we all have to make sure the web delivers on its promise", says a spokesperson.

So that anyone, no matter who they are or where they live, can participate actively online.

So everyone can use the internet freely, safely and without fear.

He wanted to rebuild trust in the web and increase internet access on fair and affordable terms.

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The british physicist, who had imagined in 1989, "system for decentralized management of information" became the birth of the "web", has just launched Inrupt, a start-up company responsible for pooling the efforts of programmers who seek to make users in control of their data. They thought 'there'll be good and bad, that is humanity, but if you connect humanity with technology, great things will happen.

Be creators and collaborators on the web so the web has rich and relevant content for everyone.

Build strong communities that respect civil discourse and human dignitySo that everyone feels safe and welcome online.

The Case for the Web report which outlines these principles, also talks about the need for urgent action to combat a slew of issues including and I quote "hate speech, data privacy, political manipulation and the centralisation of power online among a small group of companies". But Berners-Lee said companies are looking at how to combat those, and sees other reasons to be hopeful: "People in the big companies are concerned about truth and democracy".

Several news reports cite the 63-year-old MIT professor as pointing to information leaks from Facebook, which saw almost 90 million of its users' personal data compromised, as an example of a handful of tech giants having too much power. The contract means a real commitment to dignity, justice and equality from governments, companies and citizens. The genie may seem to have come out of the bottle, but the internet has surprised us many times.

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