TBerners-Lee is very concerned about the internet. Instead of spreading liberal ideas in particular, it is often used for the opposite of it. "I am disappointed with the current state of affairs on the web," said computer scientist Reuters in an interview: "We have lost the sense of individual freedom of choice, and to some extent, I think, optimism has also been broken."
Berners-Lee is nobody. The London-born computer expert invented the internet as we know it, the World Wide Web links numerous homepages that anyone can navigate anywhere. He conceived this idea, which changed the lives of people around the world, in the 1980s at the Research Center Cern in Switzerland.
Hate in social networks
Berners-Lee once again complained about how British IT company Cambridge Analytica had access to the data of millions of Facebook users. Immediately after this scandal became known in the spring, he spoke immediately. "This is a serious moment for the future of the network," he said at the time about the short message service on Twitter, and added, "But I want us to stay hopeful."
Berners-Lee then emphasized how much he believes that social networks are still being used to stir up hatred. "If you give a drop of love on Twitter, it seems to disappear, but if you add a drop of hatred to it, it feels like it is spreading a lot more." He, Berners-Lee, asks: "Lies the way that Twitter is built as a medium?"
And he asked the often-discussed question in the hall whether leading technology companies such as Facebook or Alphabet (Google) are too dominant now. "What happens, of course, is that a company ultimately dominates the field." Historically, there was no alternative in such cases than to split it.
He warned, however, with great caution, in view of the present and the ever faster technical progress. "Before we break them, we have to wait and see whether they are defeated not only by a smaller company (…), but also by a change in the market as a whole." He did not say what he thought.