Web inventor's censorship alert

Tim Berners-Lee the British computer scientist who invented the World Wide Web has warned that "a growing tide of surveillance and censorship" threatens internet democracy.

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World leaders called to act over web access

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."

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.

– Anne Jellema, CEO of the World Wide Web Foundation

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