Tim Berners-Lee: we must regulate tech firms to prevent 'weaponised' web | Technology | The Guardian


20 bookmarks. First posted by dcolanduno march 2018.


The inventor of the world wide web warns over concentration of power among a few companies ‘controlling which ideas are shared’
timbernerslee  opinion  web  political 
june 2018 by gilberto5757
A week or two ago, Tim Berners-Lee wrote an open letter to mark the 29th annivesary of the WWW. (Awkward - 29 years? What kind of anniversary is that? But anyway, it's a good and important letter, so whatever the occasion.) He calls openly for regulating the web lest it be weaponized, and calls for less centralization. And while he's at it, he tries to dispel two myths that might otherwise limit our thinking:

> “The myth that advertising is the only possible business model for online companies, and the myth that it’s too late to change the way platforms operate. On both points we need to be a little more creative”

Aye. All of the above.
march 2018 by thewavingcat
RT : Tim Berners-Lee: we must regulate tech firms to prevent 'weaponised' web
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march 2018 by mrtoto
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, has called for large technology firms to be regulated to prevent the web from being “weaponised at scale”.
“In recent years, we’ve seen conspiracy theories trend on social media platforms, fake Twitter and Facebook accounts stoke social tensions, external actors interfere in elections, and criminals steal troves of personal data,” Berners-Lee wrote in an open letter marking the 29th anniversary of his invention.
These problems have proliferated because of the concentration of power in the hands of a few platforms – including Facebook, Google, and Twitter – which “control which ideas and opinions are seen and shared”.

“What was once a rich selection of blogs and websites has been compressed under the powerful weight of a few dominant platforms,” said the 62-year-old British computer scientist.
These online gatekeepers can lock in their power by acquiring smaller rivals, buying up new innovations and hiring the industry’s top talent, making it harder for others to compete, he said.
Google now accounts for about 87% of online searches worldwide. Facebook has more than 2.2 billion monthly active users – more than 20 times more than MySpace at its peak. Together, the two companies (including their subsidiaries Instagram and YouTube) slurp up more than 60% of digital advertising spend worldwide.
Berners-Lee  WWW  web  GAFA  fake-news  bots  plateformes  domination 
march 2018 by sentinelle
The inventor of the world wide web warns over concentration of power among a few companies ‘controlling which ideas are shared’
tbi  internet 
march 2018 by tonys
Berners-Lee warned of “two myths” that “limit our collective imagination” when looking for solutions to the problems facing the web: “The myth that advertising is the only possible business model for online companies, and the myth that it’s too late to change the way platforms operate. On both points we need to be a little more creative,” he said.

“I want the web to reflect our hopes and fulfil our dreams, rather than magnify our fears and deepen our divisions,” he said.
internet  technology  google  facebook  ethics 
march 2018 by imaginaryfriend
Says Tim Berners-Lee, crony of the UK establishment, who added DRM to the web standard
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march 2018 by rjeli
The inventor of the world wide web warns over concentration of power among a few companies ‘controlling which ideas are shared’.
pe 
march 2018 by stilgherrian