Tim Berners-Lee , considered the father of the web , has launched a document in which he has been working since last year together with different companies and organizations with which he wants to get companies, governments and citizens to commit to protecting his creation and thus avoid a “digital dystopia,” he explained to The Guardian . The document, Contract for the web , already has the support of companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Reddit, Telefónica or Twitter .
“The Web was designed to unite people and make knowledge accessible to everyone,” they explain on their website. “It has changed the world for the better and has improved the lives of billions of people. However, there are still many people who cannot access its benefits and many others for whom the Web is too expensive.”
For this reason, they consider that “we all” have a role “in safeguarding the future of the Web.” This is where this contract comes in, whose nine principles allude to governments (the first three), companies (the next three) and citizens (the rest).
So the first principle is to make sure that everyone can connect to the Internet . The idea is to establish as a political objective the need that by 2025 1GB of mobile data does not cost more than 2% of average monthly income and that by 2030 broadband Internet access is available for at least 90% of the population.
In this sense, governments must also guarantee Internet availability “by establishing legal and regulatory frameworks that minimize government-initiated Internet service interruptions, and ensure that any interference is carried out in a manner consistent with current legislation in human rights matter “.
The protection of privacy is also included in this contract, both in the principles of responsibility of governments and in those of companies. Both must guarantee an Internet in which the private data of users is respected and in which “people have control over their lives on the Internet and have clear and relevant options regarding their data and privacy.”
Citizens, for their part, are being asked to create and collaborate on the Web to ensure it has “rich and relevant content for all.” In this sense, they recall the importance of promoting and promoting “the use of open licenses to share information of public interest”, the translation of content and the use of standard technologies.
Likewise, the contract considers basic “to build solid communities that respect civil discourse and human dignity so that everyone feels safe and welcome online.” For this, the document explains, it is necessary “the commitment to amplify the messages of systematically excluded groups and to defend said groups when they suffer an attack or abuse”, protect privacy (own and others) and not participate “in acts non-consensual dissemination of intimate information that involves a violation of privacy or trust “.
“I think the fear that people have of bad things happening on the Internet is justifiably getting bigger and bigger,” Berners-Lee explained in an interview with The Guardian. In his opinion, leaving the Web as it is would be a bad idea. ” We could end up with a digital dystopia if we don’t turn things around now .” And this, he concludes, should happen as soon as possible: “it’s not that we need a ten-year plan; we have to change the web now.”