Web Inventor Says Australia’s Plan To Force Payment For News Outlets Is “Unworkable”

  • World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee says Australia’s plan to force digital giants to pay media outlets for news content is “unworkable” and undermines a “fundamental principle” of the internet.
  • Canberra is pursuing world-first laws that would require Google and Facebook to compensate Australian news organisations. The aggressive move to check the tech giants’ power has prompted blowback from the US firms, with Facebook warning Australians could be blocked from sharing articles on its “News Feed”, while Google has been experimenting with hiding local news in searches.
  • Berners-Lee, a computer scientist who created the web in 1989, said in a submission to an Australian Senate inquiry he is “concerned that the code risks breaching a fundamental principle of the web by requiring payment for linking between certain content online”.

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