Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor the World Wide Web, has issued a warning about its "negative consequences" on the 30th anniversary of him first proposing it to managers at CERN.
"The web has become a public square, a library, a doctor's office, a shop, a school, a design studio, an office, a cinema, a bank, and so much more," Sir Tim wrote.
However, the web "has also created opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crime easier to commit," he added.
The inventor said that the Cambridge Analytica scandal at Facebook was one of the biggest news stories which had shaken people's faith in the web.
We are all old enough to remember life before the internet, but our grandchildren take it for granted. Sir Tim said he thought the internet was a force for good until about 15 years ago but there are now great dangers. What should be done?
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