Web Inventor Tim Berners-Leb Speaks Out Against CISPA

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, told the UK Guardian in an interview published Wednesday that he too opposes CISPA, a new cybersecurity bill moving through the U.S. House of Representatives. As Berners-Lee put it:

“[It] is threatening the rights of people in America, and effectively rights everywhere, because what happens in America tends to affect people all over the world. Even though the Sopa and Pipa acts were stopped by huge public outcry, it’s staggering how quickly the US government has come back with a new, different, threat to the rights of its citizens.”

CISPA, short for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, seeks to give companies and the government exemption from being sued for sharing user information with each other to fight national cybersecurity threats. The bill has received increasing criticism from Web freedom advocacy groups and writers over the past week as it heads to the House floor for debate and a vote the week of April 23rd. 
 
(H/T: SlashGear)

 

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