Inventor of the World Wide Web issues dire warning on its 28th anniversary and says fake news and government surveillance threatens to destroy it

Sunday, March 12, 2017
By Paul Martin

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 28 years ago today
He announced that he is alarmed at what’s happened in the past year with compromised privacy and fake news
He identified three key areas that were his main concern currently
Berners-Lee has said that he plans to save it, but has not announced how

12 March 2017

he 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 identified three key issues he finds the most concerning about the state of our internet affairs.

First, he is concerned with the amount of personal information being distributed on the web. Many sites allow for free content in exchange for personal information on site users, which we usually allow in the fine print of the terms & conditions pages we blindly agree to.

Another concern is the rampant distribution of false information, or ‘fake news’.

Given the fact that most people obtain their news from a small number of sites and often fall victim to ‘clickbait,’ it’s incredibly easy for misinformation to become widespread.

His third area of warning lies in the political advertisement on the internet, which is often veiled and littered with inaccuracies.

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