Berners-Lee: Internet must not discriminate

by admin March 2, 2007 at 11:41 am

Making his pitch to US House of Representatives…

World wide web father Tim Berners-Lee told politicians on Thursday that it’s critical to shield his seminal innovation from control by a single company or country.

Speaking before a US House of Representatives panel responsible for writing internet and telecommunications laws, the knighted engineer said a top priority for policymakers must be “making sure the web itself is the blank sheet, the blank canvas, something that does not constrain the innovation that’s around the corner”.

That means ensuring anyone can use the web regardless of what software or hardware they’re running, which internet service provider supplies their connection, which language they speak, and what disabilities they have, Berners-Lee said.

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