Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has officially launched the “Contract for the Web” project to help “fix the Internet” and prevent it from becoming a “digital dystopian,”media reported. It is a place full of ugliness and misfortune.
Pictured: Tim Berners-Lee, father of the World Wide Web
The “network contract” sets out nine core principles to be adhered to by governments, corporations and individuals, including the provision of affordable and reliable Internet access and the responsibility to respect the voice and dignity of citizens. At launch, the project was supported by more than 150 organizations, including technology companies such as Microsoft, Google, DuckDuckGo and Facebook, as well as nonprofits such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Initially, it was reported that Amazon and Twitter were not on the list of supporters. But as of November 25, Twitter’s logo appeared on the Web Compact’s homepage. Twitter’s growing role in political discourse has recently come under intense scrutiny because it has chosen to ban political advertising on its platform, citing the “challenges to civic discourse.”
The launch of the “web contract” comes at a time when technology companies such as Facebook and Google are under increasing pressure, including how much user data they collect and how they collect it. The “network contract” includes principles designed to prevent this from happening, including requiring companies to respect their privacy and personal data. If the company does not indicate that it is working to support these goals, it is likely to be removed from the program’s sponsor list.
“It’s not that we need a 10-year network plan, it’s that we need to turn the web around, ” says Berners-Lee. The “network contract” includes 72 articles and nine principles that provide a common vision and a road map for action for the network that the Berners-Lee Network Foundation wants to see. Finally, it provides tools to hold companies and governments accountable.
The Governments of Germany, France and Ghana have also signed off on the basic principles set out in the “cyber compact”. The compact calls on governments to ensure that everyone has access to the Internet and that it is always available. “The power to take the network in the wrong direction has always been very strong, and it is vital that citizens hold governments and companies accountable if they are to improve the situation,” Mr Berners-Lee said. “