Sir Tim-Berners Lee calls for greater protection

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 13, 2019

"The Contract for the Web must not be a list of quick fixes but a process that signals a shift in how we understand our relationship with our online community", Berners-Lee wrote in an open letter on Monday. In practice, the access to a browser on a home computer made the internet easily accessible to consumers for the first time.

"The privileged of the world benefit from the Web but over 50 percent of the population in the world can not", Jorge said. It forever changed the way people get information, share ideas, buy goods and do work.

While, as Berners-Lee notes, no one person, corporation, or government is exclusively at fault for the web's current problems, resistance to what he and many others see as necessary systemic reforms has come from powerful companies and political actors.

Thirty years ago Tuesday, 33-year-old software engineer Tim Berners-Lee submitted a proposal to his boss that would set the technology world on fire and usher in the information age.

"Thank goodness it wasn't "Exciting but vague", Berners-Lee said. He admitted, "while the web has created opportunities, given marginalised groups a voice, and made daily lives easier, it has also created an opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crime easier to commit".

"It is understandable that many people feel afraid and unsure if the web is really a force for good", said Berners-Lee.

Berners-Lee launched a campaign called "Contract for the Web" at the Web Summit tech conference in Lisbon, Portugal, last year.

Sir Tim-Berners Lee calls for greater protection
Sir Tim-Berners Lee calls for greater protection

"They are all stepping back, suddenly horrified after the Trump and Brexit elections, realizing that this web thing that they thought was that cool is actually not necessarily serving humanity very well", he said.

Today on Google's home page is a Doodle, a special Google logo, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web.

The internet, which is a network of networks formed of computers, existed long before the World Wide Web.

Under the contract's sweeping, broad ambition, governments are supposed to make sure everyone can connect to the internet, to keep it available and to respect privacy. Citizens are to create and to co-operate and respect "civil discourse", among other things.

The path to make the internet better is the responsibility of everyone who uses it, Berners-Lee said.

"The dream behind the Web is of a common information space in which we communicate by sharing information", he wrote.

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