Sir Tim Berners-Lee has revealed that the internet interest in "kittens" is the thing that he never thought his invention would be used for
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The inventor of the world wide web says controversial plans to monitor the internet would lead to a "destruction of human rights".
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."
The head of the World Wide Web Foundation has called on world leaders to take action to make the internet "affordable, accessible and relevant to all groups in society."
– Anne Jellema, CEO of the World Wide Web Foundation
Ten years after world leaders committed to harnessing technology to build an inclusive information society, parents in 48% of countries can't use the web to compare school performance and budgets, women in over 60% of countries can't use the web to help them make informed choices about their bodies, and over half the population in developing countries can't use the web at all.
Countries should accelerate action to make the web affordable, accessible and relevant to all groups in society, as they promised at the World Summit on the Information Society in 2003.
The inventor of the World Wide Web has warned that "a growing tide of surveillance and censorship" threatens the future of democracy.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who launched the web on Christmas Day 1990, said bold steps are needed to protect fundamental rights to privacy and freedom of opinion online.
More people use the internet and social media to take action and try to expose wrongdoing, the new Web Index Report, a global league table measuring the web’s growth and impact it has on people.
"Some governments are threatened by this, and a growing tide of surveillance and censorship now threatens the future of democracy," Sir Tim said.
"Bold steps are needed now to protect our fundamental rights to privacy and freedom of opinion and association online."