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Experts Warn of Government, Commercial Threats to an Open Internet

Posted by Paul Tate on July 9, 2014

World_Map_Illuminated.jpgIt’s over 20 years since British inventor Tim Berners-Lee unleashed his notion of a World Wide Web on an unsuspecting world. Today few businesses or global populations can do without it. The Web has rapidly become part of the fabric of everyday modern life – from your laptop and your smartphone, to your car and your fridge!

In just over two decades the Web has become a primary platform for the dissemination of information, personal sharing and communication, and an important driver for both businesses and global economies.

Over the years, there have been a number of threats to the Web’s openness and unified structure. In the mid 2000s, for example, when there were suggestions that the US could create a two-tier Internet, Berners-Lee argued, ”What's very important from my point of view is that there is one web. Anyone that tries to chop it into two will find that their piece looks very boring.”

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