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World Wide Web inventor wants to fix it, see how


 World Wide Web  inventor, Tim Berners-Lee has Monday announced plans to fix the invention.

At the Web Summit tech conference in Lisbon, Portugal, Berners-Lee revealed a new campaign called “Contract for the Web”. The campaign promotes principles for governments, companies and citizens to improve the internet and fight back against hate speech, privacy concerns and political manipulation.

The british computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, who in 1989 invented the World Wide Web (not internet) as a way to exchange information, said the internet had deviated from the goals its founders had envisaged.


“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. Berners-Lee added that the contract outlines “clear and tough responsibilities” for those with the power to make the internet a better place.
More than 50 companies and organizations, including Facebook, Google and the French government have signed the contract, which will be published in full in May 2019.
So far, the contract includes nine principles. 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.”
“A lot of companies are finding it so exciting to be able to switch from trying to exploit you, trying to make you buy something you didn’t want to buy, to actually switch back to the core business model of helping the user [and] generating value for the user,” he said.
Personal data isn’t as valuable to companies as one might expect, he added. “Maybe it’s a myth,” Berners-Lee said, pushing back on the idea that tech companies need to collect data to be profitable.
And people won’t just “hoard” their data once they have dominion over it, Berners-Lee said. People could still choose to share information with their employers or companies they shop with.
“The idea of control over your own data is not just about me being my own silo, locking everything away,” he said. “It’s actually having the joy of being able to share it with whoever.”


Berners-Lee called on governments, companies and citizens to iron out a “complete contract” for the web that will make the internet “safe and accessible” for all by May 2019, the date by which 50 percent of the world will be online for the first time.

He has also launched Inrupt, a start-up which is building an open source platform called “Solid” which will decentralize the web and allow users to choose where their data is kept, along with who can see and access it.

Solid intends to allow users to bypass tech giants such as Google and Facebook. The two tech giants now have direct influence over nearly three quarters of all internet traffic thanks to the vast amounts of apps and services they own such as YouTube, WhatsApp and Instagram.


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