Worldwide web inventor wants new ‘contract’ to make web safe

World Wide Web Inventor Wants New'Contract To Make Internet Safe

It asks that governments ensure all citizens can connect to the internet, that companies respect consumers' privacy and personal data and that citizens create "rich and relevant content for everyone".

Since its inception, Sir Tim Berner's Lee has been a proponent of the free and open nature of the web, and has often warned against complacency in protecting it.

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.

Berners-Lee is critical of the many issues plaguing the web, and says a contract might force private firms and governments to improve the health of the web.

Looking back, we thought if we could keep the web free and open, what could go wrong?

Berners-Lee, 63, has advocated a new deal, a "contract" to make internet safe and accessible for everyone.

The initiative has already secured backing from over 50 organisations, including the French government, civil society organisations such as Access Now, Internet Sans Frontières, Project Isizwe, NewNow and the Digital Empowerment Foundation, as well as companies including Google, AnchorFree, Facebook and Cloudflare.

Develop technologies that support the best in humanity and challenge the worstSo the web really is a public good that puts people first.

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"We have to create a contract for the web ... We have fake news, we have problems with privacy, we have people being profiled and manipulated", he said in an opening address.

The former United Kingdom prime minister Gordon Brown has added his signature to the contract. "Soon, a campaign is also going to be set up called "#ForTheWeb" to market the contract and turn it into a reality.

Unfortunately, Berners-Lee reveals that it will be hard to see the contract's success. The EU fined Google for $5.1 billion earlier this year. Accountability, he said, might involve an annual report that tests how different companies and governments are holding up.

Fight for the web so the web remains open and a global public resource for people everywhere, now and in the future. "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", a spokesperson said.

Interestingly, big tech such as Facebook, despite signing the contract, have actioned against the contract.

Roya Mahboob, founder of the Afghan Girls Robotics Club, said: "The contract for the web comes at a ideal time for women and girls around the world to speak truth to power, call out injustice and seize new opportunities". "Maybe it's a myth", Berners-Lee said, pushing back on the idea that tech companies need to collect data to be profitable.

So people are in control of their lives online.

"The genie may seem to have come out of the bottle, but the internet has surprised us many times", he added.

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