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Technology Web Inventor Warns the Internet Has Been Weaponized

05:45  13 march  2018
05:45  13 march  2018 Source:   newsweek.com

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The target has been set — the UN recently adopted the Alliance for Affordable Internet ’s threshold for affordability: 1 GB of mobile data for less than 2% of average monthly What’s more, the fact that power is concentrated among so few companies has made it possible to weaponise the web at scale.

Internet Inventor Warns “Regulate Tech Firms Now Or Risk A Weaponized Web ”. The inventor of the world wide web , Sir Tim Berners-Lee (not Al Gore), has a dire warning over the concentration of power among a few companies on the internet “controlling which ideas are shared.”

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, receives an honorary Freedom of the City of London award in London on September 24, 2014. © PETER MACDIARMID/GETTY IMAGES Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, receives an honorary Freedom of the City of London award in London on September 24, 2014. The internet has been weaponized and is currently under threat, computer scientist and creator of the World Wide Web (WWW) Tim Berners-Lee has warned.

In a letter posted online Monday, the 29th birthday of the WWW’s 1989 invention, Berners-Lee said “misinformation and questionable political advertising” hosted on major social networking websites—who are the “new set of gatekeepers”—have changed the web significantly from its initial conception. He called for increased regulation.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web , is calling for tech giants to be regulated to prevent the internet from being " weaponised at All three companies had admitted that Russian entities bought and circulated ads on their respective platforms aimed at fuelling divisions between US

The internet today isn't what Tim Berners-Lee pictured when he invented the World Wide Web nearly three decades ago. Speaking to CNBC at the Web Summit tech conference in Lisbon Monday, Berners-Lee said the web is "at a tipping point" as it faces threats like market concentration

The internet as we know it, initially funded in the 1960s by the U.S Department of Defense, is now dominated by a handful of platforms such as Google and Facebook, who feed on the personal information of web users from around the world.

The concentrated power of these firms, Berners-Lee said, is cause for concern. “We’ve looked to the platforms themselves for answers,” he wrote.

“Companies are aware of the problems and are making efforts to fix them—with each change they make affecting millions of people. The responsibility—and sometimes burden—of making these decisions falls on companies that have been built to maximize profit more than to maximize social good. A legal or regulatory framework that accounts for social objectives may help ease those tensions.”

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Berners-Lee is launching a new startup that he hopes will rival Internet giants Google and Facebook. In 1994, Berners-Lee transformed the Internet when he established the World Wide Web Consortium at Massachusetts Institute of Web Inventor Warns the Internet Has Been Weaponized .

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Under his title as director of the Web Foundation, the British computer expert said the divide between those who have access to the internet and those who don’t is “deepening existing inequalities.” In 2016, the United Nations (UN) ruled that access to the internet and protected online freedom was a human right.

The invention of the World Wide Web helped usher in the age of the modern internet. © RAWPIXEL/UNSPLASH The invention of the World Wide Web helped usher in the age of the modern internet. Last year, social media giants, most headquartered in the U.S., faced intense political pressure after admitting to being exploited by Russian internet trolls to spread misinformation and propaganda during the 2016 presidential election.

Berners-Lee stated that tech companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter now have control over which ideas and opinions are seen and shared online. He called for computer experts to “be a little more creative” in solving these problems.

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It’s dangerous having a handful of companies control how ideas and opinions are shared. A regulator may be needed.

He has also pointed out that internet service providers did not throttle connections or play favorites before the 2015 Open Internet Order. The founder of the World Wide Web has been an ardent supporter of net neutrality. Web Inventor Warns the Internet Has Been Weaponized .

“Dominant platforms are able to lock in their position by creating barriers for competitors,” he wrote. “They acquire startup challengers, buy up new innovations and hire the industry’s top talent. Add to this the competitive advantage that their user data gives them and we can expect the next 20 years to be far less innovative than the last. What’s more, the fact that power is concentrated among so few companies has made it possible to weaponize the web at scale.

“We’ve seen conspiracy theories trend on social media platforms, fake Twitter and Facebook accounts stoke social tensions, external actors interfere in elections, and criminals steal troves of personal data.” He concluded: “I want to challenge us all to have greater ambitions for the web. I want the web to reflect our hopes and fulfill our dreams, rather than magnify our fears and deepen our divisions.”

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