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Tim-Berners Lee launches plan to ‘fix’ the web, gets 300 backers

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We missed this earlier Tim-Berners Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, officially launched the Contract for the Web, a set of principles designed to fix the internet and "put people and rights back at the center of the internet". Launched on November 23, the contract enlists nine principles for governments, companies, and citizens to adhere to, including affordable and accessible internet, respecting privacy and personal data protection, respecting civil discourse and human dignity, and to "keep all of the internet available, all of the time". The contract has around 300 signatories, including tech giants Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and DuckDuckGo, Electronic Frontier Foundation, GitHub, among others. The contract had 160 backers at its launch. The governments of Germany, France and Ghana signed up to the Contract’s founding principles. We’re at a tipping point. How we respond to this abuse will determine whether the web lives up to its potential as a global force for good or leads us into a digital dystopia. — Tim-Berners Lee, in the New York Times The contract's launch comes at a time when concerns about privacy and online safety have increased, and tech companies face widespread scrutiny from governments, and face threat of regulation. The contract includes 72 clauses alongside its nine principles. https://twitter.com/timberners_lee/status/1198943064431243265 It lays down significant emphasis on accessibility to the internet, with Access Now's Brett Solomon pointing out that "we have seen the damaging effect of internet shutdowns around the world". The contract says that companies must "make connectivity affordable…

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