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SOPA put on hold as father of the Web calls for Americans to protest

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Tim Berners-Lee, father of the World Wide Web as long as you’re not asking Al Gore, has come out against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) currently causing an Internet uprising.¬†”If you’re in America then you should go and call somebody or send an email to protest against these bills because they have not been put together to respect human rights as is appropriate in a democratic country,”¬†Berners-Lee told the Sydney Morning Herald. SOPA, which is currently being revised before it is again considered by Congress, would give the U.S. government the ability to block access to foreign websites accused of unlawfully hosting or distributing copyrighted content. Big names such as Google, Wikipedia and Reddit recently protested the bill by temporarily blocking access to their websites or urging users to sign a petition. “It affects all the stuff on the Internet working and something which would affect what you want to connect to, where you want to connect to,” Berners-Lee said.¬†Representative Lamar Smith on Friday said that the House Judiciary Committee would “postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution.”


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Sir Tim Berners-Lee signs up to verily protect UK net neutrality

Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Sir Tim Berners-Lee signs up to protect net neutrality in UK, huzzah

Here in the US we’re still looking for a knight in shining armor to protect our free and open internet, but in the UK they’ve found their guy. Now they just need some plate mail. It’s Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, the man who first proposed the World Wide Web to the World Wide World in 1989. He’ll be working with the UK’s Broadband Stakeholder Group to ensure that any traffic management policies that go into effect are done with transparency and within a set of defined best practices. That is to say: corporations will still have an opportunity to address threats to the overall health of their networks, but they’ll need to do so in an open way. Communications Minister Ed Vaizey summarized it thusly:

That agreement should be guided by three simple principles. The first is users should be able to access all legal content. Second, there should be no discrimination against content providers on the basis of commercial rivalry and finally traffic management policies should be clear and transparent.

So, that’s good news for those across the pond. Here in the US, well, we’ll just keep braiding our hair and singing out the tower window as loudly as possible. Or maybe it’s time to give Tim Wu a sword.

[Photo credit: Paul Clarke]

Sir Tim Berners-Lee signs up to verily protect UK net neutrality originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Mar 2011 09:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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This Is Where the Web Was Born [Internet]

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Tim Berners-Lee cites this spot (specifically that plaque on the wall!) at CERN to be the birthplace of the world wide web. Note the series of tubes on the ceiling. Those played a critical role, I understand. [davidgalbraith] More »

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Twitter, Twitter, Little Star (Chart) [Twitter]

Monday, May 24th, 2010

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