Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sir Tim Berners-Lee accuses government of 'draconian' internet snooping

Security or threat to security?--

Sir Tim Berners-Lee accuses government of 'draconian' internet snooping - Telegraph: "The inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has accused the government of invading the privacy by monitoring internet use . . . The draft bill extends the type of data that internet service providers must store for at least 12 months. Providers would also be required to keep details of a much wider set of data, including use of social network sites, webmail and voice calls over the internet. Mrs May has justified the need for the new legislation by saying that it is necessary to combat organised crime and terrorism. Sir Tim's comments came on the same day as he denied that there was an 'off'; switch for the internet. He said the only way the internet could only ever be completely shut down is if governments across the world coordinated to make it a centralised system: "At the moment, because countries connect to each other in lots of different ways, there is no one off switch, there is no central place where you can turn it off. "In order to be able to turn the whole thing off or really block, suppress one particular idea then the countries and governments would have to get together and agree and coordinate and turn it from a decentralised system to being a centralised system. "And if that does happen it is really important that everybody fights against that sort of direction.""

Sounds like Sir Tim may be against the ITU takeover of the internet via the WCIT!

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