Sir Tim Berners-Lee speaks out on Internet access

14 Dec

Since the time when Sir Tim Berners-Lee first launch the World Wide Web in 1989 he has always made it known that created the Web to be open and equal for everyone. So, when the World Wide Web foundation’s annual Web index report came out Thursday Mr. Berners-Lee spoke out about the need to work on making the Internet and Web more accessible around the world.

It’s time to recognize the Internet as a basic human right,” Berners-Lee said. “That means guaranteeing affordable access for all, ensuring Internet packets are delivered without commercial or political discrimination, and protecting the privacy and freedom of Web users regardless of where they live.”

Mr. Berners-Lee seemed disappointed that in the 25 years since the introduction of Web his vision of everyone having access is still unfulfilled. Instead of all the people having access the report shows that approximately 4.4 billion, of the estimate 7 billion people in the world, still do not have access to the Internet. Most of those that do not have access are in poor undeveloped countries. Even in the United States Internet access is still only 75% meaning that around 80 million still have not Googled themselves.

While talking about the Web index Mr. Berners-Lee also took the opportunity to address some comments that Russian President Vladimir Putin made earlier this year saying that the Internet was a CIA project.

“The Internet is not a CIA creation,” Tim Berners-Lee, a London-born computer scientist who invented the Web in 1989 – the year that the Berlin Wall collapsed – told Reuters when asked about Putin’s CIA comment. He then added, “It was the academic community who wired up their universities so it was put together by smart, well-meaning people who thought it was a good idea.”

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