Tuesday 22 October 2019

Watch: Highlights from Web Summit's opening day

Paddy’s Day: Paddy Cosgrave gestures on stage during the opening of the Web Summit in Lisbon
Paddy’s Day: Paddy Cosgrave gestures on stage during the opening of the Web Summit in Lisbon
World Wide Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee speaks during the inauguration of Web Summit
Apple's Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson speaks during the Web Summit 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Rita Franca/NurPhoto via Getty Images
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during the inauguration of Web Summit, Europe's biggest tech conference, in Lisbon, Portugal, November 5, 2018. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

Join us on Independent.ie for highlights each day from the main speakers and talks of the 2018 Web Summit.

Web Summit CEO and Co-Founder, Paddy Cosgrave, kicked off proceedings in Lisbon on Monday night before a packed audience of entrepreneurs, CEOs, stars and politicians:

But what really got people talking was the first talk from Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the web almost thirty years ago.  He believes there is a growing sense that it is failing to live up to its promise and has called on all of us to stand up and fight for the web we want.

“A lot has gone wrong on the web,” he told the 12,000-strong audience.  

“People need to step back and do things differently. It doesn't have to be clickbait. It's about going back to values,” he said.

Already Google and Facebook have signed up for Berners-Lee’s ‘contract for the web’.

Meanwhile, Apple's senior vice-president for the Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Lisa Jackson, focused on business practices to protect the environment, saying a healthy planet doesn’t have to affect a company’s bottom line.

Finally, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, shared his thoughts on harnessing the promise of new technologies whilst safeguarding against their perils.

With a talk entitled, ‘Nurturing a digital future that is safe and beneficial for all’, Guterres said there should be a ban on killer robots and ‘autonomous machines with the power and the capacity to take human lives on their own without human control’.

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