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The Guardian: Tim Berners-Lee: the time to save the Internet is now

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:30 -- Eva Prkachin

World wide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee is calling for an Internet bill of rights to secure citizens' privacy and prevent government censorship

Article by The Guardian

The inventor of the world wide web has warned that the freedom of the internet is under threat by governments and corporations interested in controlling the web.

Tim Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist who invented the web 25 years ago, called on Saturday for a bill of rights that would guarantee the independence of the internet and ensure users’ privacy.

“If a company can control your access to the internet, if they can control which websites they go to, then they have tremendous control over your life,” Berners-Lee said at the Web We Want festival on the future of the internet in London.

“If a government can block you going to, for example, the opposition’s political pages, then they can give you a blinkered view of reality to keep themselves in power.”

- Read more at The Guardian