Tim Berners-Lee says ‘surveillance threatens web’

Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned that the democratic nature of the net is threatened by a “growing tide of surveillance and censorship”.The warning came as he launched his World Wide Web Foundation’s annual web index report, tracking global censorship.It suggests that 94% of the countries in the index do not adequately monitor government internet interception.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25033577Also see:Father of Web says China will dismantle ‘great firewall’
China’s rulers will ultimately take it upon themselves to dismantle the “great firewall” that limits its people’s access to the Internet because doing so will boost China’s economy, the inventor of the World Wide Web said.In an interview about his World Wide Web Foundation’s rankings of the way 81 countries manage the Internet, Tim Berners-Lee, a London-born computer scientist who invented the Web in 1989, also scolded the United States for undermining the Internet’s foundations with its surveillance programmes.
http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/11/22/china-internet-berners-lee-idINDEE9AL00R20131122‘Excessive’ surveillance knocks UK down table for ‘free and open web’
A lack of privacy from online state surveillance has caused the United Kingdom to fall beneath Chile, Uruguay and South Africa in its reputation for a “free and open” Web, according to a new global index.The UK’s “poor” record on online privacy damaged an otherwise strong record in using the Web, causing it to trail behind Scandinavian countries in the annual Web Index Report, with Sweden heading the table and Norway placed second.
www.independent.co.uk/news/media/online/excessive-surveillance-knocks-uk-down-table-for-free-and-open-web-8955250.htmlTim Berners-Lee: UK and US must do more to protect internet users’ privacy
The UK and US must do more to protect internet users’ privacy, the inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has warned as a survey of online freedoms is released.Berners-Lee warned that “a growing tide of surveillance and censorship” posed a threat to the future of democracy, even as more and more people were using the internet to expose wrongdoing.

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