Web inventor slams ‘tide of surveillance’


The scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web spoke out Friday against what he called a “growing tide of surveillance and censorship,” warning that it is threatening the future of democracy.

Tim Berners-Lee, who launched the Web in 1990, made the remarks as he released his World Wide Web Foundation’s annual report tracking the Web’s impact and global censorship. The index ranked Sweden first in Web access, openness and freedom, followed by Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Despite their high overall rankings, the United States and Britain both received mediocre scores for safeguarding users’ privacy.