Berners-Lee warns of governments colluding to control internet.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the word wide web, has warned that inter-governmental action could turn the internet from a decentralised system to a centralised system allowing governments to control the web.
“If that does happen then it’s really important that everybody fights agasinst that sort of direction,” says Berners-Lee.
Berners-Lee points out: “The way the internet is designed is very much as a decentralised system. At the moment, becasue countries connect to eachother 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, or suppress one particular idea,” adds Berners-Lee, “then the countries and governments would have to get together and agree and co-ordinate and turn it from a decentralised system to being a centralised system.”
Earlier this year, following the Wikileaks saga, the USA proposed a law allowing the US government to close down sites which infringed copyright.
Berners-Lee lobbied strongly against the law being enacted.