Will the Internet always be free?

About 25 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee had the desire to create the ability to link documents together via computers. What he ended up creating was the world wide web. The web was created to be open and free to use by everyone. The issue that Berners-Lee is trying to fight against now is that so many people want to have control over the internet. A big threat to this freedom are governments that are trying to take control of the web. Some are using internet surveillance on very large scales, some use firewalls to block users, and some try to shut it down completely to stop citizens from spreading news and protests.

This information was gathered from an article on wired.com written by Klint Finley.

Berners-Lee wanted the web to be free to use for everyone, forever. This is why he wants to create an “Internet Bill of Rights” to keep the government from being able to interfere with it. If the government can get it’s hands on the control of the internet, it is likely that we will see “free and open” go out the window. There will likely be charges for use of the internet, and what is allowed to be searched for and found will likely be tightly limited. Additionally, services like Facebook and other social media outlets will likely only be available to those who pay for it.

What is being done to fight these threats?

There are some organizations that are fighting to keep the internet free and open. Berners-Lee is part of a campaign known as Web at 25, that raises the awareness of internet surveillance and that almost two-thirds of the world does not have internet access.


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