by: Ethan Huff
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Under the guise of protecting “digital rights,” World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee has launched a “Contract for the Web” that calls for an end to the “misuse” of the internet by governments, companies and individuals.
Endorsed by Google, Microsoft and Facebook, as well as by the governments of France, Germany and Ghana, Berners-Lee’s Contract for the Web emphasizes the “need” for stronger laws and regulations to create “a road map to build a better web.”
“If we don’t act now – and act together – to prevent the web being misused by those who want to exploit, divide and undermine, we are at risk of squandering” the internet’s potential for good, Berners-Lee said in a statement issued by his World Wide Web Foundation.
The final version of Berners-Lee’s Contract for the Web was released just in time for a four-day United Nations Internet Governance Forum that took place in Berlin, Germany, recently. Its stated goal is “to ensure pursuit of profit is not at the expense of human rights and democracy.”
“Citizens must hold those in power accountable, demand their digital rights be respected and help foster healthy conversation online,” he’s quoted as saying.
Berners-Lee created the internet while working at the CERN particle physics lab in Switzerland
Berners-Lee first came up with the idea of a global internet back in 1989 when he was working at the CERN particle physics lab in Geneva, Switzerland. He originally envisioned it as a platform through which scientists could share information with one another about their research.