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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 websites before granting access to users, an industry regulator said.
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.
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.
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.
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."
An online "Magna Carta" is needed to protect and enshrine the independence of the world wide web, its inventor has said.
Marking 25 years since he invented the medium, Sir Tim Berners-Lee told The Guardian: "We need a global constitution - a bill of rights."
"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."
Google is asking the High Court to block a breach of privacy legal action launched against the internet giant in the UK.
Google lawyers are seeking a declaration that the court has no jurisdiction to try the claims,which relate to the Apple Safari internet browser.
The group launching the action, known as Safari Users Against Google's Secret Tracking, accuse Google of bypassing security settings in order to track their online browsing and to target them with personalised advertisements.
They say Google's "clandestine" tracking and collation of internet usage has led to distress and embarrassment among UK users.
The group says Google acted directly against an EU Directive which required informed consent before a cookie could be placed on an internet user's device.
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:
– Brad Smith
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.
Google says that intelligence gathering techniques used by the US and other governments are putting web users' online security at risk.
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.