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TIMESOF INDIA EDIT-WWW Turns 30 World Wide Web has been transformational but humanity can do better by it

March 14, 2019 07:01 AM


WWW Turns 30
World Wide Web has been transformational but humanity can do better by it
Thirty years ago Tim Berners-Lee and his colleagues at CERN began a project to create an information retrieval service on the internet. The result, World Wide Web, was a phenomenon. Today, about half the world is online. A key reason for the web’s growth is the idealism behind its creation. Berners-Lee says the idea was the web should be participatory, not disseminatory. Consequently, not only can a child access all online public information from a remote home, citizens now directly engage heads of state.

The web’s scale and growth have been accompanied by challenges. Some of them are present offline too but online their negative impact is amplified. The most dangerous threats emanate from state-sponsored groups which spread fake news to destabilise other countries. A separate set of challenges come from internet companies which build business models that depend on dubious exploitation of data, triggering new problems centring on privacy. State-led response to the challenges posed by a seamless online world has been to erect barriers or impose authoritarian regulations. Consequently, the web today is balkanised.

The web needs rejuvenation as part of its journey forward from “digital adolescence”. The touchstone for this journey should continue to be the idea of openness. Only then can its full potential be harnessed. Therefore, net neutrality has to be the bedrock. Yet, the evolution of the web makes the creation of a regulatory framework inevitable. In India, this includes extending scope of some offline regulations as exemplified by Election Commission’s recent directions to Facebook to take down some political posters. Separately, we need a comprehensive data protection law to actualise the fundamental right to privacy. Regulation should be of light touch variety as that’s the only way to maximise the web’s transformational potential

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