The creator of the World Wide Web has a plan to save the Internet

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A very ambitious plan.

One of the creators of the World Wide Web – British engineer and scientist Tim Berners-Lee, has not criticized the current state of the Internet today. He has repeatedly pointed out that today the network is dominated by only a few large companies and that its users have little control over their data. Now Berners-Lee has decided to present a way to solve these problems – in the form of a plan addressing the issues of online privacy, network openness, and more.

Before proceeding, it should be recalled that Internet and WWW (World Wide Web) are two different concepts. While the Internet is a global system of connections between computers, also known as a network of networks. The World Wide Web is defined as network service and hypertext, multimedia, Internet information system based on publicly available, open IETF and W3C standards. Of course, if not for the Internet, the Internet would probably look completely different today, which is why these two concepts are often confused. Nevertheless, although Tim Berners-Lee created only the WWW, his plan applies to the entire Internet.

The Contract for the Webbecause that is the name of the British plan, it lists nine principles that should be followed to make the network a place bettermore user friendly. These rules include promoting financial accessibility for everyone, respecting users' privacy and rights related to their data, not allowing world authorities to cut off access to the Internet or built strong communities respecting civic discourse and human dignity. As you can see, the plan is very ambitious. However, the rules are not only addressed to authorities and enterprises. Three of them also call on the users themselves to act accordingly.

Tim Berners-Lee did not create the presented plan alone. Its formation was helped by representatives of over 80 organizations, governments of various countries of the world, companies, and more. Among these companies were even Microsoft, Reddit and even … Facebook.

In order for the plan's goals to be met, users, global authorities, and companies must comply with its rules. But is its implementation possible at all? Since no one can be compelled to recognize these rules, I dare to doubt it, but it is certainly worth pursuing.

You can learn more about the project by going here.

Source: Contract for the Web