Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee on imagining worlds

For one week the French city of Lyon became the worldwide capital of the web.

Major players from around the globe came, along with the inventor of the web, Tim Berners-Lee.

The British computer engineer devised the system that allowed the creation of websites and links.

In 1989 he put these principles into effect on the information network at CERN in Switzerland, where he worked, and the web as we know it took shape.


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Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on April 25, 2012 at 8:46pm

“Go out in the streets and complain” says www inventor.

The inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners Lee, has urged people to take to the streets and protest new laws he says are threatening democracy and the openness of the internet.
Berners Lee was speaking at the www2012 conference in Lyon, France, to an audience made up largely of tech industry students, researchers and programmers. He encouraged them to focus their future work on ‘web apps’ (open and internet-accessible software) rather than ‘native’ apps, which are closed and restricted purely to certain platforms like iPhones, Android phones and iPads. 
And he told them “Democracy depends on an open internet. Go out in the streets and complain that your democracy is being threatened. (It’s) a duty, something you have to do.”
The British IT engineer, who developed the early web at the end of the 1980s, has warned that new proposed laws in the US and the UK could allow governments and big business too much access to personal data provided online.

Berners Lee is himself working with the UK government in an advisory role but is openly critical of “controversial plans”:http://www.euronews.com/2012/04/03/uk-internet-surveillance-plan-hi... to expand the extent to which that same government monitors individuals’ communication on social networks and other internet sites.
“I don’t see plans to have a supervisory power, an independent body to check what data the government sees,” he said.
He praised successful protests in the US that torpedoed legislation known as SOPA and PIPA that may have radically limited what content people can access online. But at the same time he issued a warning that the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, CISPA, which is designed to replace SOPA and PIPA is far from a satisfactory alternative.
Berners Lee insisted that he supported the availability of personal data in cases where it could be useful to individuals, giving as an example clothes shops that shared information on customers sizes, so that people could walk into a shop and be immediately provided with correctly-fitting clothes.
On Thursday at the www2012 conferencea panel including European Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes will discuss the internet as a human right.
But as the father of the web warns, that “human right” risks becoming something of a poisoned chalice.


Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on April 25, 2012 at 8:38pm

ACTA and the European Court

EU’s highest court to rule on anti-piracy treaty... by jupiter869

After major opposition, Brussels has referred its anti-piracy treaty to the European Court of Justice to rule if it complies with the EU’s fundamental rights and freedoms. Critics have said the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, will curb free access on the internet. Thousands protested across Europe earlier this month.

The EU’s trade chief Karel De Gucht told euronews ACTA will reinforce intellectual property protection.

“I’m confident that there is nothing wrong with ACTA, not at all, that it is a fine treaty, and that it will protect our intellectual property… We don’t have oil and gas, we don’t have the minerals in our soil, we can only take out of the soil what is in the soil. What we really have is our intellectual property, so we should be anxious to protect this.”

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