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September 15, 2010

Berners-Lee calls for free Internet for all

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by Janet Harris

Tim Berners-Lee, who is recognised as the inventor of the world wide web, called for free access to the internet for all at the Nokia World Conference in London.

He wants everyone to be given a low-bandwidth connection, which is an ambitious goal given that four-fifths of the world’s population is currently unconnected.

Sir Tim also spoke out on net neutrality, warning that the world would lose out if moves to prioritise web traffic are allowed to go ahead.

He is concerned that this would allow access to the internet to be manipulated so that some sites could effectively be blocked, or at least slowed down to encourage surfers to view a competitor’s site instead.

The same strategy could be used by governments to block political sites.

Tim Berners-Lee is founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, where he will be joined by former prime minister Gordon Brown.

Brown’s role will be to advise on ways of bringing the internet to countries within Africa, where available bandwidth is scarce with few cable connections.

Connections that are available are mainly through satellite, and are expensive.


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3 Comments »
  1. And I call for world peace. Not gonna happen…

    Comment by shadow — September 16, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

  2. ‘Countries such as Africa’?

    Comment by Jim Dempsey — September 21, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

  3. Good call - corrected. :)

    Comment by Brian Turner — September 21, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

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