The man who invented the World Wide Web 28 years ago today has announced that he wants to save it.
Tim Berners-Lee wrote the blueprint for what would become the World Wide Web, and said he is alarmed at what has happened to it in the last year.
In a statement issued from London, Berners-Lee said: ‘Over the past 12 months, I’ve become increasingly worried about three new trends which I believe we must tackle in order for the web to fulfill its true potential as a tool which serves all of humanity.’
He submitted the open proposal for the Web in 1989, and imagined that it would be an open platform for anyone in any place to collaborate and share information and opportunities freely
He also expressed his concern about governments monitoring citizens internet usage, and alluded to WikiLeaks’ disclosure of CIA surveillance documents, saying that he thinks ‘watching everyone, all the time is simply going too far’.
Berners-Lee said: ‘It creates a chilling effect on free speech and stops the web from being used as a space to explore important topics, like sensitive health issues, sexuality and religion.’
However, his hopes have been shaken by high-profile hacks and the dissemination of fake news through robots and data science, reported USA Today.