Don't leave half the world offline and behind, urges Web founder

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Don't leave half the world offline and behind, urges Web founder

He called on companies and governments to join a "contract for the web" by next May in order to rebuild trust in the internet and find new ways to monetise, regulate and ensure fair and affordable access to the online world.

Berners-Lee highlighted studies showing that half of the world population will be online by next year - but the rate of take-up was slowing considerably, potentially leaving billions cut off from government services, education and public debate.

Already Google and Facebook have signed up for Berners-Lee's "contract for the web".

"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.

"Everything we do ... to make the web more powerful, it means we increase the digital divide", Berners-Lee, 63, told the opening of the ninth edition of the Web Summit, dubbed "the Davos for geeks", that attracts up to 70,000 people. This contract hopes to protect people's rights on the internet.

The contract has been seemingly created to rebuild trust in the web and defend a free and open internet by encouraging governments, companies and individuals to work together. It should be data that you can control. "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", says a spokesperson. We are looking for a revolution."Tim Berners-Lee: "We are looking for a revolution".

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.

So the web remains open and a global public resource for people everywhere, now and in the future.

Online abuse, discrimination, political manipulation and much more have overtaken the Internet by a large, which is why the father of the Internet wants to save the web.

Several news reports cite the 63-year-old MIT professor as pointing to information leaks from Facebook, which saw almost 90 million of its users' personal data compromised, as an example of a handful of tech giants having too much power.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is very well known.

It is in this context that the creator defends this "contract", which has the motto "By the Web" (or as hashtag '#fortheweb), in order to create values of equity and safety for all internet users.

In September 2018 Berners-Lee launched the Solid initiative, which seeks to give web users greater control over who has access to their data.

Recent research has found that over 2 billion people live in places where internet is prohibitively expensive to access. The genie may seem to have come out of the bottle, but the internet has surprised us many times.

"People in the big companies are concerned about truth and democracy".

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