Google and Facebook sign up to 'Contract for the Web'

He invented the web. Now he wants to fix

Google has announced that it will provide financial and resource support for the World Wide Web Foundation and the call to create a new contract for the Web by inventor Tim Berners-Lee. The contract is published by the World Wide Web Foundation - also founded by Berners-Lee. In the new contract, Berners-Lee realizes he is asking a lot."Everybody is responsible going forward for making the web a better web in different ways", he said."The ad-based funding model doesn't have to work in the same way - it doesn't have to create click-bait". Those of us who are online are seeing our rights and freedoms threatened.

Some 70,000 people are expected to take part in the four-day Web Summit, dubbed "the Davos for geeks", including speakers from leading global tech companies, politicians and start-ups hoping to attract attention from the over 1,500 investors who are scheduled to attend.

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

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

"The technology will she kill democracy?", "Building trust in the age of disinformation", "A free and open internet is not possible any more": the disillusionment digital has emerged as a major theme at the Web Summit that opens Monday night in Lisbon.

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

Berners-Lee told the opening of the Europe's largest technology conference that everyone had assumed his breakthrough in 1989, that connected humanity to technology, would lead to good things - and it had for a while.

Individuals would pledge to "respect civil discourse and human dignity so that everyone feels safe and welcome online", according to one of the core principles.

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".

"If you sign up to the principles, you can't do censorship", said Berners-Lee.

The foundation estimates that over 1.5 billion people now live in countries which has no concrete laws on personal data protection.

Despite the challenges, Berners-Lee said he was optimistic about the future of the internet.

The Contract for the Web isn't about (the concentration of power in big tech companies).

With the Internet of Things (IoT) being built upon easy, open access to the internet, the possibility of such traffic being throttled or blocked, and related businesses potentially being held to ransom for greater networking fees, introduces great uncertainty.

"The genie may seem to have come out of the bottle, but the internet has surprised us many times", he added.



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