The inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee warned that government control is limiting the possibilities of the Internet at the World Economic Forum on Friday. “The dream is of a more open web,” Berners-Lee told the, citing social media as a way of breaking down barriers.
But he said the recent suicide of Aaron Swartz highlighted government efforts to police the Internet.
“He downloaded a lot and so the secret service in the U.S. decided that he was a hacker. For them that isn't the term of great praise that it is when I use it. For me a hacker is someone who is creative and does wonderful things,” he said.
Berners-Lee — who is credited with creating the World Wide Web — called on international governments to release more data, saying that others could use it to find solutions to problems including economic and health issues.
Berners-Lee also said that the world economy needed “more people who can program” and that in the Internet age children should be taught how to use computers from an early age.AFP
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