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Web Summit – Tim Berners-Lee defends contract to make internet “in a better place”

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Internet creator Tim Berners-Lee defended the creation of a “contract” between users, companies and governments around the world to “make the web a better place” in Lisbon, reducing inequalities and improving issues such as privacy.

“We have to create a contract for the web … And this must be a contract with several principles for people to join in. So I am asking for your help, either through your company or through you themselves. ”

Speaking at the Web Summit technology summit taking place between today and Thursday at the Altice Arena (formerly Meo Arena) and at the Lisbon International Fair (FIL) in Parque das Nações, Tim Berners-Lee said: “We are all responsible for making the web in a better place “.

“I propose that you be part of this, we can do it together,” he added, extending the request to “governments around the world”, which must be “sensitized”.

Tim Berners-Lee pointed out that in 1989, when he created the web he wanted it to be a free-access network that would serve mankind.

“And when no one expected, the ‘web’ created incredible things,” he noted.

However, in his view, they “suggest some concerns”, particularly in issues such as privacy and online security, which he pointed out showing images of fake profiles on social networks and manipulation on the internet.

“We must protect ourselves,” Tim Berners-Lee noted.

Another challenge is how to make it possible for people to have access to the Internet, as only “one half” of the world can afford it at the moment.

It is in this context that the creator defends this “contract”, which has the motto “By the Web” (or as hashtag ‘#fortheweb), in order to create values ​​of equity and safety for all internet users.

“We need to make sure that people who are connected to the web can create the world they want and use it to correct the problems that exist,” he said, calling the internet “more peaceful and more constructive.”

For this edition, the third in Lisbon, the organization has already promised “the biggest and the best” ever, with news on the program and space enlargement, with more than 70 thousand participants expected from 170 countries.

The technological, innovation and entrepreneurship summit Web Summit was born in 2010 in Ireland and moved to Portugal in 2016 and since then has generated an economic impact of more than 500 million euros.

Initially, the summit was scheduled to last for only three years, but in October of this year it was announced that the event will continue to be held in Lisbon for another 10 years, ie until 2028, with annual counterparts of 11 million euros and expansion.

Oliver Smith

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