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Interview: Tim Berners-Lee: ‘We need social networks where bad things happen less’

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Zoom being Zoom, Tim Berners-Lee’s name appears in my browser window about 20 seconds before his audio and video feed kick in – and for a brief moment, the prospect of talking online to the inventor of the world wide web seems so full of symbolism and significance that it threatens to take my breath away.

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Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee warns of widening digital divide

The creator of the web says coronavirus has highlighted the importance of internet connectivity as a basic right.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee says too many young people do not have internet access and the digital divide has widened during the pandemic.

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Covid-19 makes it clearer than ever: access to the internet should be a universal right by Tim Berners-Lee

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The internet eased lockdown life for millions. But millions more still can’t get online, and that’s fundamentally unfair

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Tim Berners-Lee, Web Inventor, No Fan Of “Arbitrary New TLDs”

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has stated he is no fan of ICANN’s plan to introduce new top level domains.”My personal perspective is that what we need in the domain system is stability,” Berners-Lee told Wired.co.uk in a press conference at W3C. “We don’t need new arbitrary new TLDs.”During the press conference, Berners-Lee argued “that some people assume that the new generic TLDs are creating great economic benefit but that there are already plenty of TLDs — including dot org, dot com and dot net — to choose from. ‘There’s plenty of space,’ he said reported Wired. ‘If you just add one character to the length of the domain name you have 26 times as many names you can choose from. There’s no shortage.'”Berners-Lee saw the “only role” for a new domain name when “you are making something that is socially different, such as dot org.” He said that dot org was interesting because it captures the fact that you know that any website with that suffix is a non-profit.”But when it comes to arbitrary new TLDs I am not a big fan.” He said that the “idea of having to go out and register my trademarks” in these new spaces does not appeal to him.

Internet Founders Including Vint Cerf Gather in New York for Consultation on Network’s Future

Internet Society - ISOC - logoSir Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf, and Lawrence E. Strickling Headline an All-Day Symposium on 14 June

[news release] An extraordinary roster of the men and women who have both founded the Internet and are shaping its future will join in a series of keynote addresses and panel discussions at the first INET New York to be held June 14 at the Wharton Ballroom in Manhattan.

The all-day symposium, organized by the Internet Society, will cover issues central to shaping the Internet’s ongoing evolution — from leading-edge technology, to online pri-vacy, to the future of the user-centric Internet. Participants include representatives from Google, Verizon, Union Square Ventures, Skype, UPS, Columbia University, the Mayor’s Office of New York City, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and many others.

While the event itself is sold out, online remote participation by the public is encouraged, and free, at:

“While technologists developing open standards, and activists and policy makers advo-cating for an open Internet have been crucial the Internet’s development, it is users that ultimately drive the Internet’s continued evolution and its future,” said David Solomonoff, President of the Internet Society New York Chapter. “The INET NY’s theme reflects this defining aspect of the Internet by asking, ‘What kind of Internet do you want?’”

Vint Cerf, one of the founders of the Internet, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the Web, and Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the U.S. Department of Commerce, will deliver the INET New York’s three keynote ad-dresses. Mr. Berners-Lee will speak at 10 a.m., Dr. Cerf at 1:00 p.m., and Mr. Strickling at 3 p.m. Opening remarks will begin at 9:00 a.m. by Sally Wentworth from the Internet Society; David Solomonoff, president of the Internet Society’s New York chapter, and Rachel Sterne, chief digital officer for the City of New York.

“We’re extremely proud to sponsor a gathering of the greatest engineers, businesspeo-ple, and policymakers, who have created and are guiding the development of the Inter-net,” said Sally Wentworth, North American Regional Bureau Director of the Internet Society. “With the many issues facing the Internet and its users, there is no better time for a discussion and review of this caliber.”

INET NY, with the title “What Kind of Internet Do You Want?” will be held at the Sentry Center on the 17th floor at the Wharton Ballroom, located at 730 Third Avenue in mid-town Manhattan, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding at 5:30.

INET NY is sponsored by Google, UPS, New York Internet Company, and presented in partnership with the New York Technology Council. More information is available at:

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