Short Bytes: According to the inventor of the web, spreading of fake news, decreasing control over personal data, and the rising political advertising are three things needing attention at the moment. No matter the solutions to these things are complex but can be achieved by working together with companies handling such data.Sir Tim Berners-Lee submitted the papers about the world wide web (www) for the first time in 1989. Now, 28 years later, the web has sprouted from a handful names of websites to an ecosystem of more than a billion.
It’s the need of the hour that we must pay attention to what he has to say about the web, especially, about the threats associated with it. Sir Tim Berners-Lee expressed them in the form of a letter written on the occasion of the web’s 28th anniversary. You should give it a read. Below, I’ll be describing the three biggest threats in brief.
Firstly, we are losing control over our personal data which is often given in return to various free service found on the internet. Secondly, we must consider is our current inability of stop the spread of misleading information or “fake news.” Lastly, there is a new industry of political advertising that has surfaced in the recent times. The general public is limited to a few platforms on the web, and it has become to target advertisements for a specific individual(s) based on his likes and interests.
As per their five-year strategy, Sir Tim and the team at the Web Foundation will be investing their efforts to come up with the solution for some of the issues like these.
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