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Protecting People from States


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Headshot of Tim Berners-Lee

If we are to preserve a truly open, global Internet that works for people, sparks innovation, and helps us to collectively tackle the many challenges we face, we must act now to build globally accepted norms to shape the digital future we want.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a graduate of Oxford University, invented the World Wide Web.

We need rules of the digital road to tackle threats and keep people safe, but these rules must be constructed in a way that preserves the Web’s global nature and protects the interests of individuals.

A world where conflicting rules are set country by country risks creating a fragmented Internet in which people have access to different services and content depending on where they live, and in which companies face a labyrinthian task when trying to operate across borders.

From Securing Our Digital Future/FP Analytics
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