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Don't Leave Half the World Offline and Behind, Urges Web Founder

Don't Leave Half the World Offline and Behind, Urges Web Founder

"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", Berners-Lee said while launching the project at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon.

The inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, on Monday announced plans for a "contract" to ensure the internet remains "safe and accessible" for all.

"All kinds of things have gone wrong".

Speaking to CNBC at a tech summit, Berners-Lee said, "For a long time, 20 years, I thought all I had to do was keep it, just keep it free and open and people will do wonderful things". The Contract for the Web is about everything. But if anyone has a chance, it's Tim Berners-Lee.

Employees of Google, Facebook, and other tech giants have also voiced similar concerns publicly over the past few months.

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.

Berners-Lee's contract for better internet sets principles for governments, companies and individual internet users.

Jonathan Zittrain, a law professor at Harvard University and author of The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It said: "To me, the most important function of the contract is to remind people that the web we have isn't the only one possible".

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However, despite these efforts, Berbers-Lee insists that the world needs a "new Contract for the Web, with clear and tough responsibilities for those who have the power to make it better".

"This is also a great opportunity for us", Fuller told the Web Summit.

If the emergence of social networks has played a role in the arab Spring and the election of Barack Obama, the first black president of america, the next phase is it synonymous with misinformation and suspicions of manipulation of the campaigns that have marked the 2016 election Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States, and the vote for the Brexit, the United Kingdom. For example, one principle holds that companies "respect consumers' privacy and personal data", which is a very noble goal that I wholeheartedly support - but one that's extremely hard to quantify and thus extremely tricky from a legal point of view.

For this edition, the third in Lisbon, the organization has already promised "the biggest and the best" ever, with news on the program and space enlargement, with more than 70 thousand participants expected from 170 countries.

So what is your take on the issue?

Personal data isn't as valuable to companies as one might expect, he added.

Tim Berners-Lee pointed out that in 1989, when he created the web he wanted it to be a free-access network that would serve mankind.

How would you like to see Internet 2.0?