During these 30 years, the web has created opportunity, given marginalized groups a voice and made the daily life easier. But it has also created opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred and made all kinds of crime easier to commit.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee sees three sources of dysfunction affecting today’s web:
1. Deliberate, malicious intent, such as state-sponsored hacking and attacks, criminal behavior, and online harassment.
2. System design that creates perverse incentives where user value is sacrificed, such as ad-based revenue models that commercially reward click-bait and the viral spread of misinformation.
3. Unintended negative consequences of benevolent design, such as the outraged and polarized tone and quality of online speech.
The Web Foundation is working with governments, companies and citizens to build a new Contract for the Web. This contract was launched at Web Summit in Lisbon 2018. Governments, companies and citizens signing the contract agree to establish clear norms, laws and standards that underpin the web.
Beside several governments, NGOs, companies and individuals, SECURITYMADEIN.LU was one of the first signatories at the outset in Lisbon. Since then, working groups have been set up to debate, engage their communities and define what obligations should emerge from this process.
“The web is what most people understand as “the Internet”. It enables us to communicate, share, play, buy and sell, as well as to harm and abuse. The web has become part of most people’s lives. It’s our all shared responsibility, to keep it safe and secure. SECURITYMADEIN.LU is committed to support Sir Berners-Lee initiative, especially addressing today’s and future challenges in the areas of privacy, security and accessibility. In this perspective, Pascal Steichen (CEO of SECURITYMADEIN.LU) makes a call: “Join us in the effort, and give back the web to its users!”.