THE inventor of the world wide web has called on the public and politicians to help stamp out online dangers.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee hailed the web on its 30th anniversary but also warned of an increase in malicious and offensive content.
And he highlighted several causes for concern — state-sponsored hacking, crime and harassment, clickbait and the viral spread of misinformation.
Many of the world’s largest web-based companies, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, have come under scrutiny in recent years over data privacy issues and the rising spread of malicious and offensive content.
Sir Tim, 63, said: “If we give up on building a better web, then the web will not have failed us — we will have failed the web.” He also called for action over the “unintended negative consequences” of the internet.
Sir Tim created the web as an information management system in 1989 at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. Half of the world’s population is online.
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Sir Tim, founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, said: “It is more urgent than ever to ensure the other half are not left behind.
“The web is for everyone and collectively we hold the power to change it. It won’t be easy. But if we dream a little and work a lot, we can get the web we want.”
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