You probably never knew that someone actually invented the internet – the world wide web the way we know it today.

Well, someone did. His name is Tim Berners-Lee. He is a British computer scientist and he invented the internet in 1989.

Berners-Lee didn’t quite foresee that the internet would be as powerful as it is today and being used in variety of ways to promote unwholesome activities and cause so much unhappiness.

Guess what he is doing about it? He is about to launch another invention: an open source web platform that will allow users bypass tech giants such as Google and Facebook.

The two tech giants now have direct influence over nearly three quarters of all internet traffic thanks to the vast amounts of apps and services they own such as YouTube, WhatsApp and Instagram.

He has just launched Inrupt, a start-up which is building the open source platform called “Solid”.

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The platform, in his conception, will decentralise the web and allow users to choose where their data is kept, along with who can see and access it.

Berners-Lee spoke in Lisbon Monday at a web summit and lamented the widespread abuse many users have turned the internet.

He said the internet had deviated from the goals its founders had envisaged.

“All kinds of things have gone wrong. We have fake news, we have problems with privacy, we have people being profiled and manipulated,” he said in an opening address.

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