Tim Berners-Lee wove the World Wide Web and is still caught up in it — especially Monday, its 29th birthday.
Sir Tim has his own beefs with fake news, especially real myths.
“Two myths currently limit our collective imagination: the myth that advertising is the only possible business model for online companies, and the myth that it’s too late to change the way platforms operate,” Berners-Lee writes in an open letter.
“On both points, we need to be a little more creative.”
He says that while the Web’s problems are complex and large, they should be thought of as mere coding bugs.
“Problems with existing code and software systems … have been created by people – and can be fixed by people,” he says. “Create a new set of incentives and changes in the code will follow. We can design a web that creates a constructive and supportive environment.”
New York Magazine said: “To fix this problem,… Berners-Lee breaks out the R word: regulation. We need ‘a legal or regulatory framework that accounts for social objectives,’ rather than just ensuring that businesses have the ability to generate profit.
“The current regulatory framework of the United States, for instance, is focused on a consumer’s financial benefit and it ill-equipped to handle companies such as Facebook that provide free services.”