Berners-Lee highlighted studies showing that half of the world population will be online by next year - but the rate of take-up was slowing considerably, potentially leaving billions cut off from government services, education and public debate.
More than 50 companies and organizations, including Facebook (FB), Google (GOOGL) and the French government have signed the contract, which will be published in full in May 2019. Those of us who are online are seeing our rights and freedoms threatened.
Tim Berners-Lee shared this new contract at Web Summit 2018 and it aims to protect the web as a public good and basic right for all.
Ensure everyone can connect to the internet so that anyone, no matter who they are or where they live, can participate actively online.
Another challenge is how to make it possible for people to have access to the Internet, as only "one half" of the world can afford it at the moment.
Tim Berners-Lee pointed out that in 1989, when he created the web he wanted it to be a free-access network that would serve mankind. "If you are a social networking company you make sure that (.) you allow people to control their data".
Be creators and collaborators on the web so the web has rich and relevant content for everyone. SEE: IT pro's guide to GDPR compliance (free PDF) Individual web users are urged to be creators and collaborators on the web, to build strong communities that respect civil discourse and human dignity, and to fight for the web to remain open.Many of these principles seem to run contrary to how the web is now treated.
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So the web remains open and a global public resource for people everywhere, now and in the future.
These firms have become quasi-monopolies in their respective areas, and an economic power that translates into a strong political power, far short of the ideals which animated the early days of the internet: the founders imagined it to be rather a large space without any intermediary, where everyone could express themselves and share information freely.
On Monday, during a talk at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Berners-Lee told governments, users, and companies to stand behind his "Contract for the Web".
Sir Tim Berners-Lee is very well known.
Several news reports cite the 63-year-old MIT professor as pointing to information leaks from Facebook, which saw almost 90 million of its users' personal data compromised, as an example of a handful of tech giants having too much power. However, as the Web increases in power, this is having the unintended outcome of increasing the digital divide, Berners-Lee argued.
"The genie may seem to have come out of the bottle, but the internet has surprised us many times", he added. He claims it is the government's responsibility to see that all citizens have internet access.
Those that do fork-out a premium for prioritised traffic, in this scenario, contribute to an ecosystem that creates unfair advantages and reduced consumer power and choice - putting small businesses and start-ups at the mercy of established companies with bigger pockets.