WWW Inventor calls for action to 'Stop web's downward plunge to dysfunctional future'

Global action is required to tackle the web's "downward plunge to a dysfunctional future", its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has told the BBC.

Global action is required to tackle the web's "downward plunge to a dysfunctional future", its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has told the BBC.


Rory Cellan-Jones, Technology Correspondent / March 11, 2019 / BBC

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When…I asked Sir Tim whether the overall impact of the web had been good, I expected an upbeat answer. Instead, gesturing to indicate an upward and then a downward curve, he said that after a good first 15 years, things had turned bad and a "mid-course correction" was needed.

His brilliant creation has grown into a troubled adolescent - and Sir Tim sees it as his personal mission to put the web back on the right track.

Sir Tim outlined three specific areas of "dysfunction" that he said were harming the web today:

  • malicious activity such as hacking and harassment

  • problematic system design such as business models that reward clickbait

  • unintended consequences, such as aggressive or polarized discussions

These things could be dealt with, in part, through new laws and systems that limit bad behaviour online, he said.

He cited the Contract for the Web project, which he helped to launch late last year.

Principles for a Contract for the Web

The web was designed to bring people together and make knowledge freely available. Everyone has a role to play to ensure the web serves humanity. By committing to the following principles, governments, companies and citizens around the world can help protect the open web as a public good and a basic right for everyone.

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Click here to read what Governments, Companies, and Citizens are called upon to do by the Contract for the Web.  (You can even sign up!)


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