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Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee says ‘the system is failing’ as privacy violations and propaganda take over the internet

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Daily Mail
Nov 16, 2017

The future of open online communication is under threat, according to web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee who believes ‘the system is failing’ when it comes to the internet.

When he first dreamt up his information sharing model, the British computer scientist envisioned it as a free platform for collaboration and the exchange of ideas.

Almost forty years later that dream threatens to become a nightmare, thanks to the erosion of net neutrality, the rise of fake news and manipulation of the public.

In an in-depth interview with The Guardian, Berners-Lee explained that he feels his creation is being used to spread misinformation and to polarise debate.

Advertising platforms and AI algorithms used by big firms like Facebook and Google can be used by third parties with ulterior motives to spread propaganda, for political or financial gain.

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This article was posted: Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 10:35 am

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