If you think the internet has taken a few wrong turns, you’re not alone. Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989, believed it could be a force for good. Idealistically, he gave the public full access. Open your inbox to see what happened next.
To safeguard the internet, to maintain your privacy, and to reinforce what he hoped would happen in the first place is not an easy task as Berners-Lee has tirelessly written and spoken about. Now, the inventor has lined up 80 organizations to sign and support a new “Contract for the Web.” And because not reading contracts online is one of the reasons today’s internet is what it is, we’ve summarized it for you.
The corporate signatories – already including Google and Facebook – promise to respect your data and keep the web free and democratic. Companies that sign on and then violate the pledge will find their names crossed off the list. As The Guardian observed, “If the stipulation is properly enforced, some may not last long.” Berners-Lee makes it clear: They’ll have to play nice with others, stay out of your private life, and repel the dark side – or face a public shaming. Thanks, Tim! Here’s hoping it works.