Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has called the dominance of the Internet giants a “fad” that does not have to last, adding that urgent change was needed to bridge the digital divide in the world. youth online access.
Berners-Lee, who invented the Internet navigation system known as the World Wide Web in 1989, said he felt “a sense of unease, a feeling that we have to turn things around to change them.” High-profile incidents such as a dispute between Facebook and Australia that led to the social network blocking news sources in the country has prompted many citizens and governments to reexamine their relationships with the giant internet and social media companies.
“I am optimistic, because we have seen some dominant fashions on the Internet before … and then things change,” he said in an interview with Reuters, adding that people were rejecting the use and abuse of personal data. “
(There is) a great awareness that things must change ”. He said a combination of government policy and technology could work together and help people regain control over their data and their lives online. Berners-Lee, 65, is working on a project called Solid, where people’s personal data is controlled by the user, rather than platforms like Facebook.
But in a letter that coincided with the 32nd birthday of the World Wide Web, he warned of a growing digital divide that he said could threaten the opportunities of many young people, as one in three people between the ages of 15 and 24 in everyone does not have access to the internet at all.
He said that recognizing the Internet as a basic right, similar to how electricity was seen in the last century, was vital, especially in a world that is increasingly made up of those who have access to the web. ” The only sensible thing to think about is that … things are going to accelerate (and) continue to accelerate, ”he told Reuters. “We are going through another sea change in the rate at which the world is changing.”