Tim Berners-Lee has launched a Magna Carta for the internet. The inventor of the World Wide Web wants to fight discrimination and political manipulation. However, this requires implementation by both governments and large technology companies.
29 years ago Tim Berners-Lee found the basis of the contemporary World Wide Web at the CERN Nuclear Research Center. The computer scientist had already expressed his concerns about how the internet is developing several times. Especially the influence of companies like Google and Facebook caused him discomfort. But he also does not like fake news, discrimination and hatred on the internet and the instrumentalization of the internet as an instrument for political and social manipulation. Berners-Lee therefore presented a "contract for the web" at the Web Summit in Lisbon, which he hopes will protect democracy, peace, human rights and research on the internet.
The contract is intended as a kind of Magna Carta, which establishes basic rights and obligations for users and Internet operators. First and foremost, companies and governments must be called to account. The principles state that governments ensure that all people have access to the internet, "regardless of who they are or where they live." Companies, on the other hand, must commit themselves to making the internet more accessible and affordable and to further develop the technology. that it promotes the positive potential of humanity. In turn, users want Berners-Lee to build strong communities online, cultivate a civilized society and defend the web as an "open and global source".