At the start of this week, Sir Tim Berners-Lee spoke at the opening ceremony of this year’s Web Summit in Lisbon. Of course, the inventor of the world wide web is bound to draw crowds, but Berners-Lee was there with a purpose.
He wants to save the web, and he wants us to help.
The World Wide Web Foundation, founded by Berners-Lee, recently published what he calls the “Magna Carta for the web”, which aims to protect the rights of people on the internet and help to create a better web. In Lisbon, Berners-Lee called on governments, companies and individuals to back the contract and its goals.
Is this achievable? Can we convince those in control of strict regimes to allow their citizens freedom of the internet? And can we convince those disillusioned with the internet to trust it again?
Jordan Erica Webber chats to the Iranian internet researcher Mahsa Alimardani and Hang Do Thi Duc about what they think we should be doing to rebuild trust in the internet. They both spoke at this year’s Mozilla Festival.
Special thanks to Rebecca Ricks for providing photos of the game Tracked.
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