These past two years, we’ve seen many internet companies face scandals, data privacy breaches, or complaints surrounding the way we can freely access and use the web – and now Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has introduced a new organisation to lobby for greater privacy, control, and regulation of internet companies.
Berners-Lee has opined on the state of the internet today, noting that technology giants such as online social media platforms and search engines have effective monopolies over information that was originally intended to have been shared freely. Subsequently, Berners Lee has unveiled an initiative called the Contract for the Web, the organisation has received backing from 150 technology giants including Google and Facebook, and outlines nine principles that all signatories must adopt.
Among the list of resolutions in the contract, governments must ensure everyone can connect to the internet, companies must respect their users’ digital privacy, and internet users must build strong communities where freedom of speech is encouraged.
The initiative is available online at contractfortheweb.org, and everyone is able to sign should they wish to endorse the agreement itself.
What are your thoughts? Would you adopt the Contract, and do you feel it can suffice in the face of the powerful technology firms that dominate the internet landscape? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below.