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Berners-Lee warns of govt, corp. intrusion into Web

Speaking at CERN, Tim Berners-Lee warned Web users that tracking of their Website travels could allow governments and companies to create highly detailed portraits of their online lives, Reuters reports."That form of snooping I think is really important to avoid," he told an anniversary celebration at CERN.
Written by Richard Koman, Contributor
Speaking at CERN, Tim Berners-Lee warned Web users that tracking of their Website travels could allow governments and companies to create highly detailed portraits of their online lives, Reuters reports.
"That form of snooping I think is really important to avoid," he told an anniversary celebration at CERN.

Aside from that, Berners-Lee sees an exciting future for the Web, with the first 20 years being just the beginning.

"The Web is not all done, it's just the tip of the iceberg," Berners-Lee said. "I am convinced that the new changes are going to rock the world even more."
He's enthralled with the idea of "linked data," in which chunks of data, not necessarily whole Web pages, cab be linked and transformed by programs into graphs, spreadsheets and databases. He also imagined "ordinary people getting hold of government data -- paid for by taxes -- to improve websites," Reuters said, an idea that sounds similar to Vivek Kundra's work. The system would allow investors to process the data contained in company press releases.

Another huge development in the Web will be the mobile Web, Berners-Lee said.

"In developing countries it's going to be exciting because that is the only way that a lot of people will actually get to see the Internet at all," he said.

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