Internet Regulations are coming and Tim Berners-Lee calls out the Danger of a Weaponized Web

In 2009 I wrote a post referencing a Mike Manos post that Internet Regulation is coming. It is now 2018 and the amount of Internet Regulations is not significant in the Western Markets. On Mar 11, 2018 Tim Berners-Lee wrote an open letter.

The web can be weaponised – and we can’t count on big tech to stop it
It’s dangerous having a handful of companies control how ideas and opinions are shared. A regulator may be needed

The Guardian focused on the regulatory and weaponized part of the letter.

Berners-Lee, in an open letter to mark the 29th anniversary of his invention, said: “In recent years, we’ve seen conspiracy theories trend on social media platforms, fake Twitter and Facebook accounts stoke social tensions, external actors interfere in elections, and criminals steal troves of personal data.”

These problems have proliferated because of the concentration of power in the hands of a few platforms – including Facebook, Google, and Twitter – which “control which ideas and opinions are seen and shared”.

Most tech people will disagree with regulations, but there are many governments who agreed with Tim Berners-Lee point that the web can be weaponized.

After 9 years the momentum is gaining for regulations. Are you ready? I am.