I Invented the World Wide Web. Here’s How We Can Fix It.
I wanted the web to serve humanity. It’s not too late to live up to that promise.
My parents were mathematicians. My mother helped code one of the first stored-program computers — the Manchester Mark 1. They taught me that when you program a computer, what you can do is limited only by your imagination. That excitement for experimentation and change helped me build the World Wide Web.
I had hoped that 30 years from its creation, we would be using the web foremost for the purpose of serving humanity. Projects like Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap and the world of open source software are the kinds of constructive tools that I hoped would flow from the web.
However, the reality is much more complex. Communities are being ripped apart as prejudice, hate and disinformation are peddled online. Scammers use the web to steal identities, stalkers use it to harass and intimidate their victims, and bad actors subvert democracy using clever digital tactics. The use of targeted political ads in the United States’ 2020 presidential campaign and in elections elsewhere threatens once again to undermine voters’ understanding and choices.
We’re at a tipping point. How we respond to this abuse will determine whether the web lives up to its potential as a global force for good or leads us into a digital dystopia.
The web needs radical intervention from all those who have power over its future: governments that can legislate and regulate; companies that design products; civil society groups and activists who hold the powerful to account; and every single web user who interacts with others online.
We have to overcome the stalemate that has characterized previous attempts to solve the problems facing the web. Governments must stop blaming platforms for inaction, and companies must become more constructive in shaping future regulation — not just opposing it.
I’m introducing a new approach to overcome that stalemate — the Contract for the Web.
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- Now, An Auction Of Source Code Of World Wide Web As NFTon June 21, 2021 at 4:43 am
A Non-fungible token for the source code of the world wide web (WWW) will go on auction at an initial bidding price of $1,000.
- Tim Berners-Lee to sell World Wide Web code in Sotheby's NFT auctionon June 19, 2021 at 6:00 am
British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee is set to auction the original code for the World Wide Web as a nonfungible token for Sotheby's in London.
- Tim Berners-Lee makes an NFT from World Wide Web’s Objective-Con June 15, 2021 at 10:56 am
Sir Tim Berners-Lee will auction an NFT of the original source code he used to create the World Wide Web. The centerpiece of the digital collectible will be 9,555 lines of time-stamped source code ...
- Tim Berners-Lee auctioning original World Wide Web source code as NFTon June 15, 2021 at 10:40 am
The original source code for the World Wide Web is being auctioned off as a non-fungible token (NFT) by its inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
- World Wide Web source code to be auctioned as NFTon June 15, 2021 at 9:13 am
The inventor behind the original source code for the World Wide Web is planning on having it auctioned as a nonfungible token (NFT) to secure digital ownership over the code considered by many to be ...
- World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee is auctioning his source code as an NFTon June 15, 2021 at 9:11 am
Berners-Lee's NFT includes the original archive of time-stamped files containing the source code for the World Wide Web, about 9,555 lines long.
- Sotheby's will auction World Wide Web source code as NFTon June 15, 2021 at 8:15 am
The auction house will start bidding for the WWW NFT, named “This Changed Everything” and containing timestamped documentation of the code, at $1,000 next week.
- World Wide Web code up for auction as NFTon June 15, 2021 at 8:00 am
The original World Wide Web code is up for auction as an NFTwith bids starting at just $1,000Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989revolutionizing the way humans share and create ...
- Inventor of the World Wide Web is auctioning its original source code as an NFTon June 15, 2021 at 6:17 am
Lee, credited as the inventor of the World Wide Web, is selling the source code for his invention as an NFT at a Sotheby's auction. The NFT, or non-fungible token, is a type of cryptocurrency that ...
- Tim Berners-Lee, the World Wide Web's inventor is selling its original code as an NFTon June 15, 2021 at 4:30 am
Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, is auctioning off original files containing the code that underpins the internet as we know it.
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