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Tim Berners-Lee: 'Stop web's downward plunge to dysfunctional future'

Tim Berners-Lee: 'Stop web's downward plunge to dysfunctional future'

Technology
Global action is required to tackle the web's "downward plunge to a dysfunctional future", its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has told the BBC.He made the comments in an exclusive interview to mark 30 years since he submitted his proposal for the web.Sir Tim said people had realised how their data could be "manipulated" after the Cambridge Analytica scandal.However, he said he felt problems such as data breaches, hacking and misinformation could be tackled.In an open letter also published on Monday, the web's creator acknowledged that many people doubted the web could be a force for good.He had his own anxieties about the web's future, he told the BBC: "I'm very concerned about nastiness and misinformation spreading."But he said he...
Plastic pollution: 'Stop flushing contact lenses down the loo'

Plastic pollution: 'Stop flushing contact lenses down the loo'

Science
Researchers in the US have been investigating the final journeys taken by disposable contact lenses. They found 15-20% of US users simply flick these fiddly lenses down the drain via the bathroom sink or toilet. The Arizona State University study suggests that much of the plastic material then ends up in waste water treatment plants.The lenses are consequently spread on farmland as sewage sludge, increasing plastic pollution in the environment.Around 45m people wear contacts in the US, while rates in other countries vary, with between 5 and 15% of the population in Europe using them. Over the last decade, the use of softer plastic contact lenses has grown rapidly with people using daily, weekly or monthly disposables in greater numbers than ever before. T...
Cyber-bullying: Prince's 'stop, speak, support' code of conduct

Cyber-bullying: Prince's 'stop, speak, support' code of conduct

Technology
Facebook and Snapchat are trialling a new, more direct way to help young people bullied online, following an intervention by Prince William.The social media platforms will help those in need of emotional support to access counsellors.The prince, together with tech firms, children's charities and parents, is also introducing the equivalent of a Green Cross Code for the internet.It tells young people to "stop, speak, support" when online.The aim is to encourage them to stop negative behaviour, tell a responsible adult and support victims of bullying.Other firms, including Google and EE, have also taken part in the project. The Duke of Cambridge became interested in helping to tackle the issue shortly after his son Prince George was born, when he heard about a boy who killed himself because o...