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.
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.