“One of the most encouraging findings of this year’s web index is how the web and social media are increasingly spurring people to organise, take action and try to expose wrongdoing in every region of the world,” – Tim Berners-Lee
Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned that the democratic nature of the net is threatened by a “growing tide of surveillance and censorship”.
The warning came as he launched his World Wide Web Foundation’s annual web index report, tracking global censorship.
It suggests that 94% of the countries in the index do not adequately monitor government internet interception.
Thirty per cent of countries block or filter political content, it indicates.
The report concludes that the current legal framework on government snooping needs urgent review.