Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web (WWW), outlines the major threats to the Internet. The computer scientist who created the blueprint for the world wide web expressed that over the past year, he has become more and more concerned about three new trends: fake news, compromised personal data, and the lack of regulation in political advertising.
In an open letter to mark the web’s 28th anniversary, he laid out a plan to tackle fake news and data abuse. According to USA Today, Sir Tim said that he also wants to help fight the misuse of personal information, which builds a chilling effect on free speech.
The WWW pioneer has also called for a tighter regulation of online political advertising. He said that we need to shut the internet blind spot in the regulation of political campaigning. Tim Berners-Lee noted that campaigns build precisely targeted adverts for individuals—around 50,000 variations every day on social networking giant Facebook during the 2016 United States election.
The British computer scientist expressed concern that government surveillance is blocking the Internet from being used to explore topics such as sexuality, health issues, or religion. Tim Berners-Lee said that search engines and social networking platforms must be encouraged to continue efforts to fight problems such as fake news stories.
According to PC Magazine, the Internet pioneer noted that the Web has lived up to his vision as an open platform that allows the exchange of ideas. However, as with any open platform, a series of problems jeopardize its effectiveness.
Tim Berners-Lee outlined a five years’ strategy amid worries he has about how the Internet is being used. He said the web has become a targeted and sophisticated industry, drawing on huge pools of personal information. He added that consumers are often unable to let outlets know what information they would not liked shared.
According to BBC News, Tim Berners-Lee said that he wants to work with firms to place a fair level of data control back in the hands of consumers. When he submitted his original proposal for the world wide web, he envisioned it as open platform that would let people access opportunities, share information, and work together across cultural and geographic boundaries.
Tim Berners-Lee speaks out on Internet threats such as fake news and misuse of personal data. Sir Tim is just the latest high-profile technologist to highlight worries over what some call a fundamental assault on cybersecurity and privacy, with critical infrastructure. He launched Web Foundation in 2009 to better the web as part of a five-year plan. The world wide web creator said that algorithm transparency is important to understand how important decisions that affect lives are being made.
By Anila Maring