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The challenges of the internet, according to Tim Berners-Lee

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The father of the World Wide Web is committed to a decentralized network, accessible to everyone, and outside the interests of governments and companies

The Internet is not what it used to be. And very aware of this is the scientist Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the www (World Wide Web). It was on November 12, 1990 when he published the idea of ​​the Network, although it was launched later. A lot of time has passed since then. New are the remains and challenges to face. And perhaps the most obvious is that of security.

In a recent interview on “BBC Radio 4”, Tim Berners-Lee applauded the new cybersecurity strategy of the British Government, whose budget has been expanded to two billion euros to implement new measures to address the growing threat of cyber attacks.

The Government has been the first to ask society to pay special attention to the dangers of internet-connected devices. We must not forget that cybercrime is, at present, the criminal industry that moves the most money in the world. For the creator of the www, tools are needed to defend not only users, but also to defend an “open internet”, the key infrastructure in which national public data should circulate normally because “it is the responsibility of the Government just like drinking water. You have to think of data as infrastructure, “he explained in another interview to” The Guardian “this month.

But the problem is very serious. The countries maintain a cyber war without quarter. Recently, USA has formally accused Russia of organizing cyber attacks to sabotage the elections. Twitter, Spotify, Netflix and other websites were rendered useless by a massive cyberattack. The Internet is an almighty one. It is the key to all knowledge. For good and for bad. In fact, during his participation in the “Decentralized Web Summit” event, held last June to analyze Internet challenges, Tim Berners-Lee recalled how the Network is so vital that everyone wants to control it.

Government, corporations or “hackers” want to have the web at their whim. Some people block the pages so that citizens do not access certain types of information. Here is a new challenge: the decentralization of the network. But not the only one because that decentralized network should be endowed with greater privacy.

Massive surveillance

It is clear that the leaks of Edward Snowden marked a turning point in the history of the Network. For this reason, for the father of the www, the problem is not with the technology. For him, we are facing a social problem. And only technology can solve it. For this reason, Berners-Lee founded the “World Wide Web Foundation” in 2009. The goal is to advance the open web as a public good and a basic right to build a more just world.

This social perspective of the challenges of the internet materialize in this entity that seeks to expand its access (60% of the planet is not yet connected), serve people, and not governments or companies, innovating so that knowledge and data be accessible to all.

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