Web pioneer wants new 'contract' for internet

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Berners-Lee highlighted studies showing that half of the world population will be online by next year - but the rate of take-up was slowing considerably, potentially leaving billions cut off from government services, education and public debate. You can read Berners-Lee's manifesto, published Monday by his World Wide Web Foundation, online.

Tim Berners-Lee shared this new contract at Web Summit 2018 and it aims to protect the web as a public good and basic right for all. Those of us who are online are seeing our rights and freedoms threatened. Currently, almost 60 individuals and organizations, including Richard Branson, Google, Facebook, and the French government have committed to the cause.

So everyone can use the internet freely, safely and without fear.

On the other hand, companies will look forward to making the Internet more affordable.

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.

"Humanity connected by technology on the web is functioning in a dystopian way".

So the web has rich and relevant content for everyone.

Build strong communities that respect civil discourse and human dignitySo that everyone feels safe and welcome online.

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

The Case for the Web report which outlines these principles, also talks about the need for urgent action to combat a slew of issues including and I quote "hate speech, data privacy, political manipulation and the centralisation of power online among a small group of companies".

"Over 1.2 billion internet users live in countries where net neutrality is not protected, and more than 1.5 billion people live in countries with no comprehensive law on personal data protection, leaving them particularly vulnerable to increasingly common incidents involving breaches of personal data".

When the Web was created, Berners-Lee was clear in his ambition for it to be an open, free and ubiquitous platform for all.

The Contract for the Web isn't about (the concentration of power in big tech companies). He claims it is the government's responsibility to see that all citizens have internet access.

"If we spend a certain amount of time using the internet we have to spend a little proportion of that time defending it, worrying about it, looking out for it..."

"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", Berners-Lee told CNN.

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