November 25, 2019Published by: Drew Benvie

Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee launches plan to save the internet

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, has launched a plan to save the internet. His initiative, which he is calling the Contract for the Web, is backed by multiple organisations such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, and is both timely and critical, as pressure mounts for governments and organisations to protect people online.

The initiative consists of a nine-point action plan, with three 'principles' for governments to adopt, three more for companies, and three for citizens. As Berners-Lee puts it, "the web needs radical intervention from all those who have power over its future."

Written in the Contract
The Contract calls for governments to provide internet access to all, keep it available all of the time, and protect people's online privacy and data rights. For companies, the Contract proposes that internet access should be affordable, personal privacy must be respected, and for technologies to be developed to get the best from humanity and stamp out the worst. Lastly, for citizens, the Contract asks for people to create and collaborate online, to build communities that "respect civil disclosure and human dignity", and to fight for the web.

Berners-Lee describes the Contract as "a global plan of action", which has been "created over the past year by activists, academics, companies, governments to make sure our online world is safe and genuinely for everyone".

I'm happy to say that Battenhall officially endorses the Contract for the Web, and I look forward to it taking shape.

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