Web creator Berners-Lee launches contract for better internet

Web creator Berners-Lee launches contract for better internet

The contract itself is broken into different commitments for companies, governments and citizens. Currently, almost 60 individuals and organizations, including Richard Branson, Google, Facebook, and the French government have committed to the cause.

"The web is at a crucial point", Berners-Lee said in excerpts from his speech launching the project at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon on Monday. "More than half the world's population remains offline, and the rate of new people getting connected is slowing", said Berners-Lee in a statement. "We believe it offers an important opportunity to step back and examine the responsibilities we all have to make sure the web delivers on its promise", says a spokesperson.

"Everything we do ... to make the web more powerful, it means we increase the digital divide", Berners-Lee, 63, told the opening of the ninth edition of the Web Summit, dubbed "the Davos for geeks", that attracts up to 70,000 people.

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

So that no one is denied their right to full internet access.

Respect people's fundamental right to privacy so everyone can use the internet freely, safely and without fear.

The contract has been seemingly created to rebuild trust in the web and defend a free and open internet by encouraging governments, companies and individuals to work together.

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.

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Develop technologies that support the best in humanity and challenge the worst so the web really is a public good that puts people first. Each participant has the responsibility of creating content that is "rich and relevant".

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

He explained that the world is at a point where nearly half the population is online.

Among the speakers expected on these themes figure Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who has revealed in the beginning of the year the scandal of Cambridge Analytica, a company for which he worked as a research director, and who is accused of having used for political purposes the personal data of 50 million users of Facebook.

"Tim Berners-Lee has pinpointed one of the great human rights issues of our time and his proposal deserves worldwide support."
The genie may seem to have come out of the bottle, but the internet has surprised us many times. "Do me a favour, fight for it with me".

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. "Women and girls are much less likely to have access (to the internet)".

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