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"We have fake news, we have problems with privacy, we have problems with abuse of personal data, we have people being profiled in a way that they can be manipulated by clever ads". "But people have become disillusioned because of all the things they see in the headlines".

When the Web was created, Berners-Lee was clear in his ambition for it to be an open, free and ubiquitous platform for all. The Contract for the Web is about everything.

On Monday, during a talk at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Berners-Lee told governments, users, and companies to stand behind his "Contract for the Web". The "Contract for the Web" is a set of principles seemingly created to make the internet a better place amid growing concerns emancipating from a wide array of issues from hate speech to political manipulation. But if anyone has a chance, it's Tim Berners-Lee.

One of the early signatories to the contract, Facebook, has been fined by the Information Commissioner's Office for its part in the Cambridge Analytica scandal; has faced threats from the European Union for taking too long to remove extremist content; and has been sued for allowing advertisers to target housing ads only at white people.

"We have big and small players, it's not the United Nations of the digital world, it's a call for voluntary engagement, for those who want to be part of the solution, whether they're part of the problem or not", the foundation's policy director, Nnenna Nwakanma, told AFP.

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Recent research has found that over 2 billion people live in places where internet is prohibitively expensive to access.

Some 70,000 people are expected to take part in the four-day Web Summit, dubbed "the Davos for geeks", including speakers from leading global tech companies, politicians and start-ups hoping to attract attention from the over 1,500 investors who are scheduled to attend.

The Web Summit was launched in Dublin in 2010 and moved to Lisbon six years later. The contract is based on a set of nine guiding principles, three from each sector - government, business, and people. As we work to expand its benefits to everyone, we need to make sure the web serves humanity, not the other way round. I think this has been a tipping point.

Many prominent critics now openly centralization of the internet in the hands of a few giants - the GAFA american (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon), and the Chinese Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent and Xiaomi or BATX. With such support, the Contract may just turn out fine.

"Those of us who are online are seeing our rights and freedoms threatened", he said in a statement announcing the project, which was organized by his nonprofit the World Wide Web Foundation. A completely free internet also means companies like Facebook can keep selling our data to the likes of Cambridge Analytica, and that Russian trolls can keep posting weak memes on obscure groups (that somehow still sway elections and patterns of vaccination) with impunity. The other reminds us that it can be hijacked by toxic actors looking to get away with (figurative) murder.


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