World Wide Web inventor opposes Australia's news payment plan

Sydney (AFP) – 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, or pay millions of dollars in fines. 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 h…

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