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World Wide Web Inventor Calls For New Contract to Make Web Safe
The contract which was called for as a result of series of complaints trailing the internet’s spread of fake news seeks also to provide a remedy to the menace which also affects electioneering.
70,000 people are expected to take part in the four-day Web Summit, titled“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.
The British computer scientist, who in 1989 invented the World Wide Web as a way to exchange information in an opening address said the internet had deviated from the goals for which it was invented.
“All kinds of things have things have gone wrong. We have fake news, we have problems with privacy, we have people being profiled and manipulated,” he said.
He called on governments, companies and citizens to iron out a “complete contract” for the web that will make the internet “safe and accessible” for all by May 2019, the date by which 50 per cent of the world will be online for the first time.
He has just launched Inrupt, a start-up which is building an open-source platform called “Solid” which will decentralise the web and allow users to choose where their data is kept, along with who can see and access it.
Solid intends to allow users to bypass tech giants such as Google and Facebook. The two tech giants now have direct influence over nearly three quarters of all internet traffic thanks to the vast amounts of apps and services they own such as YouTube, WhatsApp and Instagram.
Employees of Google, Facebook and other tech giants have in recent months gone public with their regrets, calling the products they helped build harmful to society and overly addictive.
Tech giants are also under fire for having built up virtual monopolies in their areas.
Amazon accounts for 93 per cent of all e-book sales while Google swallows up 92 per cent of all European internet-search ad spending, Punch reports.