Tim Berners-Lee: ‘We need to rethink the web to stop the spread of mean ideas’

The encryption techniques used by WhatsApp and similar services should be protected at all costs, and we need to “rethink” how the web works if we're to stop the spread of nasty ideas, according to Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, criticised political attempts to weaken encryption in a conversation with WIRED as he accepted the Association for Computing Machinery's Alan Turing Award. It is the 50th year of the award, named after the British mathematician and code-breaker.

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