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Web Founder Berners-Lee Slams UK Online Surveillance – 20 January 2015

RT logoThe internet’s founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee says the UK government is the best in the world for making data open, but the worst for spying on its own citizens online.

Speaking to the BBC on its ‘Democracy Day’, Berners-Lee said the UK was doing well in “getting people connected,” but it was also “getting famous” for its surveillance of citizens.

Last month, the UK scored poorly on the Web Index produced by Berners-Lee, although it scored above other countries, notorious for their free speech restrictions.

When Berners Lee released the index in December, he said the internet was “less free, safe and equal than ever.” He claimed to be wary of the web being used to “further concentrate economic and political power in the hands of the few.”

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