Entries with tag sir tim berners lee.

Berners-Lee: Web Needs a Magna Carta to Protect Internet Users’ Privacy, Rights

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, says a digital bill of rights is needed to protect an open, neutral Internet. He and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which Berners-Lee directs, are using the 25th anniversary of the Web’s founding to advocate for an online Magna Carta. The Magna Carta, issued in 1215, was the first document forced onto an English king by his subjects that tried to limit his powers and protect their rights. The W3C is launching a year-long campaign called the Web We Want. “Unless we have an open, neutral internet we can rely on without worrying about what’s happening at the back door,” referring to governments’ increasing use of the Internet to gather information on private citizens, he told the Guardian, “we can’t have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities, and diversity of culture. It’s not naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it.” (The Associated Press)(Reuters)(The Guardian)

Berners-Lee: Internet Must Remain Neutral, Free

The Internet is being threatened by “people who want to control it on the sly” via legislation and various actions by large businesses, according to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web and director of the World Wide Web Consortium. His comments were made in light of recent investigative news reports that the US National Security Agency had been collecting reams of personal information from social-networking sites and Internet firms. Berners-Lee said users must make Internet privacy paramount and asked governments to protect its neutrality and independence. Companies and governments all over the world trying to take control of the Internet in different ways, he said, is a bigger threat than a single corporation having an online monopoly. Berners-Lee delivered his comments at the recent Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year competition in Monte Carlo and also issued a statement to the Financial Times that has been widely reprinted. (The Telegraph)(CNET UK)(Reason)(WIRED UK)

Berners-Lee: Open Access is Future of Academic Publishing

In the future, said World Wide Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee, academic papers will be open access rather than locked behind paywalls. Speaking at the opening of the Digital Productivity and Services Flagship at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia’s government organization for scientific research, Berners-Lee said open access ensures fair availability to academic data, much of which is based on publicly funded research, even for those who cannot afford a publication subscription. Institutions of higher education and individuals spend millions of dollars annually to gain access to academic journals. Publishers say they deserve to be paid for making their articles available. (PhysOrg)(The Conversation) 

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