WEB INVENTOR (not Al Gore) FEELS THE INTERNET IS FAILING.
“Tim Berners-Lee on Tuesday (3/12/2019) joined a celebration of the Web and
reminisced about his invention at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear
Research.” Time feels he invented the Internet “starting with a proposal
published on March 12, 1989 (that) opened the way to a technological revolution
that has transformed the way people buy goods, share ideas, get information and
“Speaking at a “Web@30” conference at CERN, Berners-Lee acknowledged that a
sense among many who are already on the Web has become: “Whoops! The web is not
the web we wanted in every respect.”
DO WE NEED MORE CENSORSHIP FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD?
Tim’s “World Wide Web Foundation wants to enlist governments, companies, and
citizens to take a greater role in shaping the web for good under principles
laid out in its “Contract for the Web.”
Under the contract, governments are called upon to make sure everyone can
connect to the internet, to keep it available and to respect privacy. Companies
are to make the internet affordable, respect privacy and develop technology
that will put people — and the “public good” — first. Citizens are to create
and to cooperate and respect “civil discourse,” among other things.
“The Contract for the Web is about sitting down in working groups with other
people who signed up, and to say, ‘Ok, let’s work out what this really means,’”
Berners-Lee said. It was unclear, however, how such rules would be enforced.
“Berners-Lee cautioned it was important to strike a balance between oversight
and freedom but difficult to agree what it should be.