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Microsoft and Google back Web charter to prevent 'digital dystopia'

November 25, 2019 / Marian McHugh

Microsoft and Google are among the supporters of a global charter aimed at making the web a force for good. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web 30 years ago, launched the Contract for the Web action plan, which is a set of standards that governments, organisations and individuals should abide by in order to prevent misuse of the platform and ensure it is free, safe and open to all. The contract sets out nine principles for signatories to follow, including protecting an individual's "fundamental" online privacy, making the web affordable and accessible to everyone, and developing technologies that support the best in humanity rather than the worst. Facebook, online social forum Reddit and Twitter are among some of the 160 companies backing the charter, while online behemoth Amazon is notably absent from the list of supporters. The German, French and Ghanaian governments have also signed up to it. "The power of the web to transform people's lives, ...