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Berners-Lee: internet has to separate fact from fiction

According to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man widely credited with inventing the World Wide Web, the internet is spreading too much disinformation. Berners-Lee developed the internet back in 1990 while working for the research group Cern.

The British boffin is so worried about how easy it is to spread rumours on the net that he has set up a foundation to assess the trustworthiness of internet sites. Speaking to the BBC, the British computer scientist said: "I'm not a fan of giving a website a simple number like an IQ rating because like people they can vary in all kinds of different ways. So I'd be interested in different organizations labelling websites in different ways".

Berners-Lee also addressed the issue of internet access, with only 20% of the world's population currently online. "Has it [the internet] been designed by the West for the West? If you are in a rural community do you need a different kind of web with different kinds of facilities?" It will be interesting to see if Berners-Lee's foundation has any impact in addressing these problems.

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