Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Vowing to fight encryption and privacy changes in the internet

The latest recipient of the Turing Award, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, is strongly criticizing both the US and UK plans to break encryption for security agencies. He fears doing so will allow others an opportunity to excel beyond the security experts at accessing and harvesting users' personal data. Berners-Lee is also strongly against security agencies having access to private data and retaining it for extended periods. Lastly, he fears and will fight a breakdown of net neutrality or the  ending of laws to prevent internet services selling users' data, especially under Pres. Trump's administration. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39490324

Berners-Lee is a fascinating man: he's an internet pioneer. He invented the World Wide Web by having the first successful communication between HTTP client in Server in 1989.  He holds a lot of important positions in pivotal organizations and major research institutions involved with the development and changes in the internet including the World Wide Web Consortium, which I have previously blogged about. He is considered one of the 100 most important people in the 20th century. This information is from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Berners-Lee.   Personally, I wonder how his brain works.

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