“A heresy will end” … the inventor of the World Wide Web on the “domination” of the Internet giants
Friday – 29 Rajab 1442 AH – March 12, 2021 AD
Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web (Reuters)
London: “Middle East Online”
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, said that the dominance of the Internet giants is a “heresy” that should not last, adding that an urgent change is needed to reduce the digital divide in the access of the Internet. young people to the Internet, according to Reuters news agency.
Berners-Lee, who invented the Internet-based navigation system known as the World Wide Web in 1989, added that he had “a feeling of discomfort … a feeling that we had to change things to change them.”
And it sparked high-profile incidents such as the dispute between “Facebook” and Australia, which led the social network to block news content in the country, many citizens and governments to reassess their relationships with Internet companies and social media giants. .
“I am optimistic because we have seen some internet dominance fads before and then things have changed,” Berners-Lee said in an interview with Reuters.
He added that people are resisting the use and misuse of personal data. “(There is) a great awareness that things must change,” he said.
He added that a combination of government policies and technology could help people regain control of their data and their lives online.
Berners-Lee, 65, is working on a project called “Solid”, in which the user controls their personal data, instead of platforms like Facebook.
Recognizing the Internet as a fundamental right, he said, similar to the perception of electricity in the last century, is vital especially in a world increasingly made up of those who have access to the network.
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