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Web founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s says ‘no censorship or centralised control’

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By Dan Bart | June 8, 2016 11:24 pm

Sir Tim said that a digital bill of rights should be introduced to ensure that the web should be accessible to all and the principles that have made it successful defended.

Speaking in San Francisco this week, computer scientist and father of the internet Sir Tim Berners-Lee outlined a vision of how the internet could evolve, removing blocks, opening up access and giving the power back to the user.

Sir Tim was working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), when he first imagined a method for the transfer of information remotely 27 years ago, the British computer scientist

It was designed as a tool for scientists to easily find and share information remotely.

Today’s internet is extending to all corners of the globe and used in every possible aspect of life, from commerce to global threat.

New payment technologies are being advocated as a means to give people more control over their money online and how they pay for services. The most perspective is a switch to cryptocurrencies, which could offer a more secure, decentralized method of payment.

“The temptation to grab control of the internet by the government or by a company is always going to be there. They will wait until we’re sleeping, because if you’re a government or a company and you can control something, you’ll want it,” Sir Tim said.

“Edward Snowden showed we’ve inadvertently built the world’s largest surveillance network with the web,” said Mr. Kahle,

“Edward Snowden showed we’ve inadvertently built the world’s largest surveillance network with the web,” said Mr. Kahle,

“You want to control your citizens or exploit consumers. The temptation is huge. Yes, we can have things enshrined in law, but even then it won’t necessarily stop people.”

“We’re on the edge of finding that a company can get to the point where actually it will control everything everybody sees,” he said.

The World Wide Web was initially created to make it easier to share research papers. It is a system of interlinked ‘hypertext’ documents that are accessed via the internet; in essence, an information space.While he did not invent hypertext systems, Berners-Lee proposed using them ‘to link and access information of various kinds as a web of nodes in which the user can browse at will.’

“Edward Snowden showed we’ve inadvertently built the world’s largest surveillance network with the web,” said Mr. Kahle, head of the nonprofit Internet Archive and an internet activist, whose group organized the conference. “China can make it impossible for people there to read things, and just a few big service providers are the de facto organizers of your experience. We have the ability to change all that.”

Berners-Lee is joining the rank to wrest control of the web from large corporations like Amazon and Google and from governments that use it as a way to keep tabs on populations, as Snowden revealed, or to censor what citizens can read.

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