Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Internet, said that the dominance of Internet giants is a “fashion” that does not have to be endured. He added that urgent measures are needed to improve the online access of young people. The digital divide.
Berners-Lee invented the Internet navigation system called the “World Wide Web” in 1989. He said he felt “a feeling of restlessness, a feeling that we need to change our heads.”
High-profile events, such as the dispute between Facebook and Australia, caused the social network to block news feeds in the country, causing many citizens and governments to re-examine their relationships with large Internet and social media companies.
In an interview with Reuters, he said: “I am optimistic because we have seen some mainstream fashions on the Internet before… and then the situation has changed.” He added that people are opposing the use and misuse of personal data.
“(People) realize that things need to change.”
He said that the combination of government policies and technology can work together and help people regain control over their data and online life.
Berners-Lee, 65, is working on a project called Solid, in which people’s personal data is controlled by users instead of platforms such as Facebook.
But in a letter that coincided with the 32nd birthday of the World Wide Web, he warned that the digital divide was widening, and he said it could threaten the opportunities of many young people. One-third of the world’s 15-24 year olds have no chance. No internet access at all.
He said that to treat the Internet as a fundamental right, like electricity in the last century, is crucial, especially in a world that is increasingly affected by Internet visitors.
He told Reuters: “The only sensible idea is… things will accelerate (and continue to accelerate).” “We are changing another step in the speed of change in the world.”
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