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Inventor of the internet leaps to its defence

The inventor of the internet, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has always believed in the internet's destiny as a force for freedom and invention.

He has just warned that malign forces are 'trying to take control' of the internet.

'Unwarranted government surveillance is an intrusion on basic human rights that threatens the very foundations of a democratic society,' Sir Tim said. 'I call on all web users to demand better legal protection and due process safeguards for the privacy of their online communications, including their right to be informed when someone requests or stores their data.'

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