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Dating site calls for browser boycott over anti-gay CEO

The page OK Cupid users get if they try to access the site via the Firefox browser. Credit: OK Cupid

A major online dating site has called for a boycott of Mozilla Firefox after the world's second most popular internet browser named a gay marriage opponent as chief executive.

OkCupid visitors who accessed the website through Firefox on Monday were told in a message to use other browsers such as Microsoft's Internet Explorer or Google's Chrome.

"Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples," the message said. "We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid."

Christian Rudder, an OkCupid co-founder told Reuters: "We have users who are trying to find other people and we wanted to point out that this browser might be in conflict with their own values."

Age checks 'should be carried out by pornography sites'

Age checks should be carried out by pornography websites before granting access to users, an industry regulator said.

Atvod found that 6% of children aged under 15 had accessed an adult website. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Laws need to be changed in order to protect children from seeing adult material on the internet, online video regulator Atvod, the Authority for Television on Demand, said.

Research for Atvod found that 6% of children aged 15 or under had accessed an adult website over the course of a month.

One pornography website was visited by 112,000 boys in the UK aged between 12 and 17, while some 5% of visitors to adult sites were under 18.

The statistics emerged after the online habits of 45,000 desktop computers and laptops were monitored over a month, with volunteers reflecting a cross-section of the population.


Computer used to create Web goes on display

A computer used by British scientist Tim Berners-Lee to devise the World Wide Web has gone on display at the Science Museum in London.

To celebrate the web's 25th anniversary, the NeXT cube computer will go on display in the 'Making the Modern World gallery' at the museum.

The NeXT cube computer used by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Credit: Science Museum

Baroness Martha Lane Fox, who created a charity wanting to make the UK the most digitally skilled nation, attended an event yesterday celebrating the computer going on display in London.

Baroness Martha Lane Fox with the computer. Credit: Science Museum

On March 12 1989, Sir Tim wrote a paper called "Information Management: A Proposal" which aimed for a "universal linked information system" and sent it to his fellow colleagues.

Mike Sendall, Sir Tim's boss, said the paper was "vague but very exciting."

Web needs 'Magna Carta' to protect its independence

An online "Magna Carta" is needed to protect and enshrine the independence of the world wide web, its inventor has said.

Web Inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee Credit: PA

Marking 25 years since he invented the medium, Sir Tim Berners-Lee told The Guardian: "We need a global constitution - a bill of rights."

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"Unless we have an open, neutral internet we can rely on without worrying about what's happening at the back door, we can't have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture," he said.

"It's not naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it."


Governments must 'restore trust in internet'

Western governments need to restore public trust in the internet following revelations of online surveillance made by former US intelligence operative Edward Snowden, according to Microsoft.

The technology company's vice president Brad Smith said:

We obviously all want to live in a secure world but we all want to live in a world as well where security is balanced with personal freedom and privacy.

We recognise that information technology is a powerful tool for individuals but people won't use technology they don't trust. In our view governments have put that trust at risk. Governments need to help restore it.

– Brad Smith

Google: Government snooping 'undermines' web safety

Google says that intelligence gathering techniques used by the US and other governments are putting web users' online security at risk.

Google is one of of eight companies who have written to the US about surveillance. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/

The online giant's senior vice president Ken Walker said: "We have invested so much in encryption and the fight for transparency around government requests for information.

"That's undermined when you have wholesale collection of data done in secret without independent oversight by many governments around the world," Walker told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

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