Yesterday's postponement of the controversial SOPA, stop online piracy act, and PIPA, protect IP act, on face value seems a victory for common sense. However it has more likely been the result of two single things.One the impending 2012 US election and two last Wednesday's Internet black-out by many companies. The chaos caused and the ensuing protests lobbied at US authorities finally hit home.
So what has all this to do with who is credited with inventing the Internet, I hear you ask? Well the way that the US authorities have been behaving off late toward the WWW might make you believe it belonged to them and them alone.
So hold onto your hats folks it was "A graduate of Oxford University, Tim Berners-Lee who invented the World Wide Web" Here is a little of his online Bio:-
"A graduate of Oxford University, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing while at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory, in 1989. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined as Web technology spread.
He is the 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence ( CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he also heads the Decentralized Information Group (DIG). He is also a Professor in the Electronics and Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton, UK.
He is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a Web standards organization founded in 1994 which develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. He is a founding Director of the Web Science Trust (WST) launched in 2009 to promote research and education in Web Science, the multidisciplinary study of humanity connected by technology.
Tim is a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation, launched in 2009 to coordinate efforts to further the potential of the Web to benefit humanity.
He has promoted open government data globally and is a member of the UK's Transparency Board"
Sounds an amazing guy.
Whilst some users abuse the Internet Tim must be appalled at what the US government was proposing. SOPA was being demanded by media moguls such as film makers in Hollywood and News Corp. We all know about News Corps standards don't we? Their equivalent in the UK has been under investigation for corrupt practices. It hardly seems right that they should be pushing for legislation of this kind.
As TEK reported yesterday some form of legislation may in the end be inevitable but it should be a well thought out agreement which includes all sections not simply the "money men". As it is called the WWW it should maybe be something worldwide. Times are changing and the opposition will have to get used to that. They need to embrace the changes rather than simply try to stop them. In truth it seems that western governments love the freedom the Internet gives to say the Middle East but wants to control the level of freedom its own people have. If it manages to do it will no longer be a highway of information. It could lead to Big Brother taking complete control of the Web and result in its demise.