Web under threat. Join us and fight for it
Today (March 1? 2018) the World Wide Web is 29 years old. This year marks a key event in the history of the web: for the first time we are experiencing an important moment - more than half of the world's population wants to be “online”.
Opinions of people about this amazing news are divided into two types:
3r3163. How do we connect to the Internet the remaining half of humanity? 3r3r1616.
3r3163. Are we sure that the rest want this? 3r3r1616.
There are quite a few real factors that threaten the web, including the ones I described in my The last letter - from misinformation and questionable propaganda to the possibility of leakage of personal data. But I still insist that the web is a free, open, creative space. For all.
However, this is only possible if we put everyone online and see that the web works only for the benefit of people. I founded Web Foundation 3r33232. to fight for the future of the world wide web. And this is what we should do:
3r388. Nullify the digital inequality
The difference between people who have access to the Internet, who do not have it, is aggravating existing inequalities — inequalities that pose a serious global threat. No wonder if you are female poor, living in a rural area, a low-income country or a similar place, you will most likely always be offline. Today, being offline means not being able to learn and earn money, not having access to valuable services, and not having the right to vote in democratic debates. If we do not invest in reducing this inequality, the last billion people will not be connected with the world until 204? . We leave the whole generation behind.
In 201? the UN announced that the right to access the Internet is the same right as the rights to clean water, electricity, shelter and food. But until we make access to the Internet accessible to all, billions will still be deprived of this basic right. The goal was set - the UN recently approved the proposed “Alliance for Accessible Internet” 3r-354.
minimum internet access threshold. : 1 GB of mobile traffic for less than 2% of average monthly income. However, in reality, we are still far from achieving this goal. In some countries, the cost of 1 GB of broadband mobile Internet is still worth more than 20% of the average monthly income.
What is required for real achievement of this goal? We need to support those policies and business models that expand access for very poor people by creating public access, for example, public networks and WIFI.
We must invest in providing reliable access for women and girls, expanding their opportunities through digital skills training.
3r388. Make the Internet work for the benefit of people
Today, the worldwide network that many people connected several years ago did not recognize. What once was a rich selection of blogs and websites has shrunk under the powerful weight of several dominant platforms. This concentration of power allows multiple platforms to track which ideas and opinions are reviewed and approved.
These dominant platforms firmly stay in place, creating barriers for competitors. They find new companies, buy new ideas and hire the best talents in the industry. Add to this the competitive advantage their user data gives, and we can expect the next 20 years to be much less innovative than the previous ones.
Moreover, the concentration of power between only a few companies has led to the use of the Internet as a weapon, a tool for achieving personal goals. In recent years, we have witnessed conspiracy theories in social networks, fake Twitter and Facebook accounts, which provoked social unrest, interference with elections, and identity theft.
In search of answers, we looked at what these platforms are. The companies that own them know about the problems and try to eliminate them - every change they make affects millions of people. Responsibility - and sometimes the burden - when making such decisions falls on the shoulders of companies, the goal of creating maximum profit, and not the public good. The situation can be mitigated by a socially-oriented legal or regulatory framework.
3r388. Attract more people to the discussion of the future of the web
The future of the web depends not only on those who are online now, but also on those who are still not connected. A modern, powerful digital economy requires rigid standards that balance the interests of both companies and online citizens.
This means that we care about the link between the incentives for the development of the technology sector and the interests of users and society as a whole, as well as consulting with various sectors of society in the process.
Although the problems associated with the global network are complex and large, I think we should treat them as bugs: problems with codes and software that were created by people — and can be fixed by people. Create a new set of incentives and code changes will certainly follow. We can create a network with a creative and supportive atmosphere.
Today I want to challenge all of us - we should have more ambitions for the web. I want it to reflect our hopes and be the embodiment of our dreams, and not reinforce our fears and differences.
Internet activist John Perry Barlow once said: “To invent the future, you need to anticipate it” (3-33122. Ed. his ”3r3123.). Maybe it sounds utopian, maybe it seems impossible after two years of failure, but I want us to imagine this future and build it.
Let's gather the brightest minds from business, technology, government, civil society, art and academia to fight to protect the web. In the Web Foundation, we are ready to do our job in this mission and create the network that we all want. To make this possible, let's work together.
3r3122. Translation: Katya Shikhova [/i]
3r3163. 3r3133. The creator of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, changed the world, but he himself remained the same. (2016) 3r3r1616.
3r3163. Tim Berners-Lee: we need to re-decentralize the Internet 3r-3228. (2014) 3r3166.
3r3163. 3r3144. On April 3? 199? WWW became public domain 3r33228. 3r3r1616.
3r3163. 3r3149. Tim Berners-Lee: Facebook can fragment the Network (2010) 3r3166.
3r3163. 3r3154. Sir Tim Berners-Lee: The World Wide Web is 25 years old. Keep it free and open
3r3163. Solid technology: it's time to rebuild the web (2018) 3r31616.
3r3163. 3r3164. Tim Berners-Lee goes on the warpath: "One small step for the web "
3r3179. 3r33180. About #philtech [/b] 3r3182. 3r3183. #philtech (technology + philanthropy) [/b] - these are open publicly described technologies that equalize the standard of living of as many people as possible by creating transparent platforms for interaction and access to data and knowledge. And satisfying the principles of filteha: 3r3323229.
1. Open and replicable, not competitive proprietary.
2. Built on the principles of self-organization and horizontal interaction.
3. Sustainable and perspective-oriented, and not pursuing local benefits.
4. Built on[открытых]data, not traditions and beliefs
5. Non-violent and non-manipulative.
6. Inclusive, and not working for one group of people at the expense of others.
Social technological accelerator startups PhilTech - a program of intensive development of early stages projects aimed at equalizing access to information, resources and opportunities. The second stream: March – June 2018. 3r3-33229.
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