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Editorial:
The Web's Inventor Doesn't Recognize his Brainchild

Tuesday, 27 April 2019

English computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web, delivers a speech during an event at the CERN in Meyrin near Geneva, Switzerland, March 12, 2019 marking 30 years of World Wide Web. [Fabrice Coffrini/Pool, Keystone via AP]

English computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web, delivers a speech during an event at the CERN in Meyrin near Geneva, Switzerland, March 12, 2019 marking 30 years of World Wide Web.
[Fabrice Coffrini/Pool, Keystone via AP]

At CERN's 'Web(at)30' conference, Sir Tim [Berners-Lee] admitted: "the web is not the web we wanted in every respect."

In an article published on the Web's anniversary, Berners-Lee says the Web has "given a voice to those who spread hatred" and turned it into a nest for criminals and scammers of all kinds.

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Clampdown on web content - 07 April 2019

Labour's Tom Watson
"The plans do nothing to protect our democracy from dark digital advertising campaigners and fake news."
—Tom Watson

United Kingdom

Social media bosses could be liable for harmful content, a leaked British plan reveals.

There has been growing concern about the role of the internet in the distribution of material relating to terrorism, child abuse, self-harm and suicide, and ministers have been under pressure to act.

Under plans expected to be published in the UK tomorrow, the government will legislate for a new statutory duty of care, to be policed by an independent regulator, and likely to be funded through a levy on media companies.

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Investors Join Action - 02 April 2019

A further 18 institutional investors, including a huge British pension fund, have joined a Kiwi-led push to pressure social media companies to strengthen content controls after the Christchurch shootings.  The NZ Superannuation Fund said 23 investors with assets of more than $800 billion now hoped to convince Facebook, Google and Twitter to take extra steps to prevent the livestreaming and distribution of objectionable content "such as the shootings that took place in Christchurch".


Editorial: Mosque Killings - 26 March 2019

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Thousands of people gathered in the Basin Reserve in Wellington for the Christchurch Mosque shooting vigil. [ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF]

Thousands of people gathered in the Basin Reserve in Wellington for the Christchurch Mosque shooting vigil.
[ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF]

The events of last Friday [15 March 2019] in Christchurch, with the tragic deaths of 50 Muslim worshippers, have changed us all.  Rugby hardman, Sonny Bill Williams, cried.  Jacinda Ardern didn’t just talk about Kindness, but modelled it to perfection.

The Media in NZ have excelled themselves too, in presenting the bloodshed and the heartache in a sensitive and perceptive way, and TVNZ, in the persons of Wendy and Simon, excelled themselves too.

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