Tim Burners-Lee believes that users should demand respect for the Internet as a “community of free people.”
The creator of the World Wide Web, Tim Burners-Lee (Timothy Berners-Lee) has published an open letter on the 30th anniversary of the Internet. In it, he highlighted the problems of the network and how to solve them.
The scientist believes that the World Wide Web not only eased everyday life, but also brought with it negative consequences. “But, considering how much the network has changed in the last 30 years, it would be unfair to assume that it cannot be changed for the better in the next 30 years,” he added.
Berners-Lee identified three categories of Internet problems:
- Malice, sponsored by states, hacker attacks, criminal behavior and harassment;
- System design that creates perverse incentives;
- Systems and services created with good intentions, but leading to negative results.
He believes that the new rules will be able to solve these problems, which can avoid the mistakes of previous years, he introduced his “Network Code” in November 2018. Berners-Lee said that large companies should support the rulebook, and the government should change laws and regulations, taking into account the requirements of the digital age.
According to Berners-Lee, users should demand that the authorities and corporations respect the Internet as a “global community of free people”. He added that if users do not choose politicians who protect a free and open network, they will continue to press “agree” without demanding respect for the rights to personal data – they will not be responsible for including these issues on the governments agenda.
The struggle for the Internet is one of the main challenges of our time. Today, half the world is online. It is more important than ever that the other half remain offline, and that each contribute to the creation of a network that ensures equality, opportunity and creativity.
Berners-Lee does not publish such a letter for the first time. In a letter in honor of the 29th anniversary of the invention of the Internet, he called for protecting the global network from becoming a weapon. He feared that corporations would control the Internet and promote only ideas that were profitable for themselves.
On March 12, 1989, Tim Burners-Lee offered the leadership of the European Organization for Nuclear Research a global hypertext project to share and store its data – the World Wide Web. The project was approved and implemented.