Tuesday November 06, 2018

Web Creator Wants to Implement a "Contract" for the Internet

Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the world wide web, has been busy. In September, he announced plans for a distinct, decentralized web, and now he's unveiling plans for an internet "contract". The plan calls for a set of principles that governments, companies, and citizens should follow. Among other thing, Tim believes governments shouldn't selectively deny citizens internet access, and says that authorities should recognize people's right to privacy. Facebook, Google, and the French government already announced support for the contract, but it's unclear if other tech giants or governments will sign on.

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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.