The world wide web (www) turned 29 on Monday. To celebrate the anniversary, web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote a letter calling for "strong standards that balance the interests of both companies and online citizens."
At his letter, Berners-Lee criticized technology giants such as Twitter and Facebook for having too much control over the Internet and suggested more regulations.
"The web that many of us connected to years ago is not what new users have today," Berners-Lee said in a blog post.
"What was once a rich variety of blogs and websites has been squeezed under the heavy weight of some dominant platforms."
"This concentration of power creates a new set of gateways, allowing a handful of platforms to control which of the ideas and opinions are displayed and shared," he said.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee also called for the digital divide to be closed immediately. For example: you are more likely to be offline if you are a woman, poor or living in a rural area or a very low-income country.
"If you are offline today, you are excluded from any opportunities to learn and win, access valuable services and participate in democratic debates. "If we do not invest heavily in closing this gap, the last billion will not be connected until 2042. An entire generation will be missing."
In his 2017 letter, Sir Tim Berners-Lee warned against fake news or fake news on the World Wide Web and that people would lose control of their personal data.
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