|Sir Tim Berners-Lee is calling for tighter regulation of political advertising on the Internet in his open letter, because it is used in “unethical ways”.
The inventor of the worldwide web explains that political advertising has become a sophisticated industry, which draws on huge amounts of personal data on Facebook and Google, so that the ad campaigns could create precisely targeted ads for individuals. For example, there were 50,000 daily variations of ads on Facebook during the recent US election. Such approach can go an unethical way and voters can be pointed to fake news websites. Besides, messaging can be used to discourage people from turning out to vote.
Sir Berners-Lee points out that the lack of regulation in political advertising on the Internet is a trend that threatened the openness of the web, along with the loss of control over people’s personal data and the spread of misinformation online. While most of the users agree to provide personal data to tech firms in exchange for the ability to use free services online, the problem is that these tech firm have too must control over that data.
The 61-year-old British computer scientist says that the worst side-effect of this data aggregation is the way governments are watching every citizen’s move online and passing laws legalizing snooping and hacking tools used by security services. Another concern is that it’s too easy for misinform people online, especially due to a huge consolidation in the way Internet users find news and information online on such service as Facebook and Google, both of which select the displayed content based on algorithms learning from the harvesting of personal data. As a result, such websites display content they think the users will click on, thus allowing misinformation or fake news (surprising, shocking, or designed to appeal to our biases) to spread across the web almost instantaneously. As such, people with bad intentions can use bots and trick the system to spread misinformation for their financial or political benefit.
The Web Foundation, an outfit founded by Berners-Lee 8 years ago, is dedicated to improvement and availability of the web and addresses these issues as part of its 5-year strategy. Posted by:
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
|Politics and the internet|
Misinformation, snooping charters, google, facebook, and all the rest........
Jeez i miss the original social network, it was called the citizen band radio c'mon!
|Thanks for info|
|posted by (2017-03-15 20:16:00)|
|Calling Tim Berners-Lee the father of the internet is like calling Dr. Jonas Salk the inventor of medicine. Pure B.S. A lot of work was done 30 plus years prior and without that work Berners-Lee would still be writing down ideas on cocktail napkins.|
|posted by (2017-03-16 05:24:04)|
|Dealing with fake news is a small price to pay for internet freedom. Let people think for themselves. Main stream media is a joke as it is more than half the time anyway. They don't regulate fake news there because it's already controlled.|
|posted by (2017-03-16 08:25:51)|
|@clob That would be fine if everyone wasn't so damn stupid.|
I miss the days when you had to actually know about computers to go online.
Somehow it was a whole lot nicer back then...
|posted by (2017-03-16 14:16:02)|
|@KeiraR Now people have to know about computers just to protect themselves. One conspiracy theory is all this Snowden and vault 7 stuff is being released on purpose to get the sheeple used to the surveillance state and pass laws. That or an EMP attack or something to reset the internet in a more controlled manner. The ultimate goal being Censorship and ending open hosting of the internet as a fix. You will eventually complain about the days when you didn't need a retinal scanner to get on the internet. Talk about the REAL tyranny then! That will cripple the dark web, help do god knows what to the stock market... Then they will make movies about it and I will publish my book titled "How the NSA Tor the internet to Bits"|
|@Clob I wonder who "THEY" are..(USA) no surprise that "THEY" (USA) are trying to control the digital world as they tried to control the real world...no matter there are too many experts all over the world the fours corners in all areas of tech and software who have enough morals to keep the people free and protected the likes of wikileaks Snowden and co just being the top of the iceberg. Fake news isn't only the MSM it's also a lot of these youtubers with their 500k subscribers that think they are somehow the red pill. Without Snowden and people like him these youtubers would have nothing to try and inform the sheep followers about. Snowden is a patriot to the entire world. Not some clown who thinks hanging a flag and voting for a particular party makes them patriotic.|
|posted by (2017-03-17 08:29:46)|
|I agree Tellapart, Snowden = Hero, Manning = pissant (with access)|
Snowden made a calculated decision, putting his life on the line to reveal level of surveillance. Manning just a pissant who had access. Manning = Traitor. Snowden = Whistleblower. Assange = Hero.
Extra get a new journo, the amount of spelling/grammar errors in your articles detract from the content.
|posted by (2017-03-17 14:13:47)|
|Tim is a maverick. He is doing the right thing.|
|posted by (2017-03-18 00:42:04)|
|Father of the World Wide Web not the Internet. C'mon people.||
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