Internet ‘having midlife crisis’, says Baroness Lane-Fox

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The rise of cyber-bullying and monopolistic business practices has damaged trust in the internet, pioneering entrepreneur Baroness Lane-Fox has told the BBC.

The Lastminute.com founder also called for a “shared set of principles” to make the web happier and safer.

She said the internet had done much good over the last 30 years.

But she said too many people had missed out on the benefits and it was time to “take a step back”.

“The web has become embedded in our lives over the last three decades but I think it’s reached an inflexion point, or a sort of midlife crisis,” she told Radio 4’s Today programme.