Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
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WWW inventor wants new 'contract' to make web safe

WWW inventor wants new 'contract' to make web safe

The creator of the World Wide Web has enlisted Facebook, Google, and over 50 other companies to strip misinformation from the Internet and help you keep control of your data.

Ensure everyone can connect to the internet so that anyone, no matter who they are or where they live, can participate actively online.

In 2016 the United Nations passed a resolution to make disruption of internet access a violation of human rights.

These firms have become quasi-monopolies in their respective areas, and an economic power that translates into a strong political power, far short of the ideals which animated the early days of the internet: the founders imagined it to be rather a large space without any intermediary, where everyone could express themselves and share information freely. And to fix the issues we have with the existing Web.

Many prominent critics now openly centralization of the internet in the hands of a few giants - the GAFA american (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon), and the Chinese Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent and Xiaomi or BATX.

Meanwhile, companies commit to making the internet affordable and accessible to all; respecting consumer privacy and personal data; and developing technologies that ensure the web is "a public good that puts people first". "If you are a social networking company you make sure that (...) you allow people to control their data", he said in an interview ahead of the launch.

So the web has rich and relevant content for everyone. SEE: IT pro's guide to GDPR compliance (free PDF) Individual web users are urged to be creators and collaborators on the web, to build strong communities that respect civil discourse and human dignity, and to fight for the web to remain open.Many of these principles seem to run contrary to how the web is now treated.

Jonathan Zittrain, a law professor at Harvard University and author of The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It said: "To me, the most important function of the contract is to remind people that the web we have isn't the only one possible".

These principles are backed by the organisation's Case for the Web report.

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. It reveals that less than half the world's population is online today, and that the growth of internet users is slowing. "Do me a favour, fight for it with me".

He has now launched a plan to build a "Contract for the Web", as part of an overarching global campaign to defend a free and open web for everyone.

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

Since net neutrality was repealed in the U.S. at the end of 2017, fears have grown around what this might mean for end-users and businesses alike.

"Some policy things like net neutrality have to involve governments, some things clearly involve companies - big companies, small companies and start-ups".

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