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Internet has no 'off switch', says web inventor


06 September 2012

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Tim Berners-Lee, the British inventor of the World Wide Web, has warned the government’s all over the world about any possible attempt to block the internet. Berners-Lee feels that any such attempts are bound to fail because of the scattered structure of the internet.

Speaking at the launch of a league table showing which countries use the web most effectively, Berners-Lee said the lack of a global internet "off-switch" meant authoritarian regimes could not stem the influx of digital information.

"The way the Internet is designed is very much as a decentralised system," he explained at the London launch. "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 co-ordinate and turn it from a decentralised system to being a centralised system.

 

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