A Contract to Protect the Web

September 4, 2019
Locks on fence

The first draft is in on a proposed Internet user agreement from one of the web’s founders – and he wants feedback.

Citing a rise in hate speech and government censorship efforts, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who helped develop the World Wide Web 30 years ago while at CERN, announced his intent in November to put together a “contract for the web” to facilitate its continued existence for future generations. 

The document itself, as noted in a recent CNET story, is designed to be a collaborative affair. It includes parameters for governments, companies and citizens, but it also requires input from those three groups to shape it. 

The final version is slated to be released in late 2019.