Internet Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Says he Didn’t Predict Nations Would Use Web to Meddle in Elections, But Says “It’s Not a Total Surprise”

World Wide Web inventor says “clever and advanced operators” managed to manipulate people.
World Wide Web inventor says “clever and advanced operators” managed to manipulate people.

World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has said that he did not foresee the web being used by people and states to interfere in western elections.

The British engineer and computer scientist waded in on the debate around misinformation, adding that “very clever and advanced operators” have managed to manipulate people into believing “junk”.

“I didn’t predict that people, nation-states would be hacking western elections, but on the other hand, it’s not a total surprise because there has been a constant battle over cybersecurity,” he told Washington Post Live.

“Underneath this web, there is a constant battle of people trying to attack companies, attack people and individuals, and attack organisations and attack governments, because, if they can, they can get an advantage.

“But the problem with an election is once it’s gone down, you can’t rewind it. It’s very hard, in fact, to do the analysis and the research to find out actually what happened. I think a lot of the world at that point did a double-take.”

Sir Tim’s comments come ahead of the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web, which is marked on March 12.

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SOURCE: Irish News