Berners-Lee Internet inventor regrets debasement of world wide web


Tim Berners-Lee: the man who invented the world wide web in 1989: now laments on the many abuses by users

The inventor of the World Wide Web, British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee on Monday lamented the debasement of the world wide web, since he founded it almost 30 years ago.

“All kinds of things have  gone wrong. We have fake news, we have problems with privacy, we have people being profiled and manipulated,” he said in an opening address at a tech gathering in Lisbon, Portugal.

Berners-Lee, who in 1989 invented the World Wide Web as a way to exchange information, said the internet had deviated from the goals its founders had envisaged.

He now called for a “contract” to make internet safe and accessible for everyone as Europe’s largest tech event began in Lisbon, Portugal amid a backlash over its role in spreading “fake news”.

Some 70,000 people are expected to take part in the four-day Web Summit, dubbed “the Davos for geeks”, including speakers…

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