Web inventor calls for ‘fight’ against hacking, hate on its 30th anniversary

11:39am The inventor who innovated the internet has some regrets. Tim Berners-Lee, the brain behind the World Wide Web, raised doubts on his creation’s ability to be a force for good in a letter published for his foundation on Monday. The letter comes on the web’s 30th birthday, but Berners-Lee says there’s really nothing to celebrate: The web has “created opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crime easier to commit,” he wrote. Part of the problem lies in “state-sponsored hacking,” such as Russian meddling in the 2016 and 2018 elections. Another issue, he says, is “clickbait,” where revenue models reward the spread of misinformation. Berners-Lee says there ought to be other incentives or ways to make money, though he doesn’t go into detail on how that might take shape. Read more here >>>

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