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Web pioneer wants new contract for internet

Web pioneer wants new contract for internet

Speaking at the Web Summit 2018 in Portugal, the British tech genius recounted how he envisaged the Internet as being a platform for sharing information, but the current use of the Internet has digressed from the initial vision that its founders had in mind nearly 30 years ago. Berners-Lee shared this contract at Web Summit 2018 and the official website, which is live now, is open to digital signatures from individual supporters or those representing an organisation or business.

Speaking at the Web Summit technology summit taking place between today and Thursday at the Altice Arena (formerly Meo Arena) and at the Lisbon International Fair (FIL) in Parque das Nações, Tim Berners-Lee said: "We are all responsible for making the web in a better place ".

Tim Berners-Lee, who built the world's first website over 29 years ago, is calling for governments, businesses, and citizens to work together to "protect the open web as a public good and a basic right for everyone".

"Those of us who are online are seeing our rights and freedoms threatened", he said in a statement announcing the project, which was organized by his nonprofit the World Wide Web Foundation. Both have faced ongoing criticism over harvesting people's personal data to serve ads and failing to safeguard the information from third-party companies.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is very well known.

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On Monday, during a talk at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Berners-Lee told governments, users, and companies to stand behind his "Contract for the Web". "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", a spokesperson said.

As such, Berners-Lee, with backing from industry, politicians and governments, has this week launched a new Contract for the Web. Overall, they say the products they've worked on have grown to become addictive and harmful to society. The two tech giants now have direct influence over almost three quarters of all internet traffic thanks to the vast amounts of apps and services they own such as YouTube, WhatsApp and Instagram. It also criticized the fact that "billions" of people have to connect to the Web through "a small handful of huge companies".

Respect consumers' privacy and personal dataSo people are in control of their lives online.

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. He claims it is the government's responsibility to see that all citizens have internet access. A completely free internet also means companies like Facebook can keep selling our data to the likes of Cambridge Analytica, and that Russian trolls can keep posting weak memes on obscure groups (that somehow still sway elections and patterns of vaccination) with impunity. Berners-Lee is against this, claiming that "if you sign up to the principles, you can't do censorship".

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