World wide web creator Tim Berners-Lee targets fake news

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 12/03/2017 21:59

The inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has unveiled a plan to tackle data abuse and fake news.

In an open letter to mark the web's 28th anniversary, Sir Tim has set out a five-year strategy amid concerns he has about how the web is being used.

Sir Tim said he wants to start to combat the misuse of personal data, which creates a "chilling effect on free speech".

He also called for tighter regulation of "unethical" political adverts.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39246810

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the worldwide web, has called for tighter regulation of online political advertising, which he says is being used in “unethical ways”.

“We urgently need to close the ‘internet blind spot’ in the regulation of political campaigning,” he said, writing in an open letter marking the 28th anniversary of his invention.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/mar/11/tim-berners-lee-online-political-advertising-regulation

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