Web inventor denies the existence of an internet "off-switch"

The inventor of the World Wide Web has denied the existence of a single “off-switch” that could cut off internet access across the globe

 

In fact; Sir Tim Berners-Lee claims such an action would require governments across the globe to work in conjunction with one another to form a synchronised crackdown.

Speaking at the launch of a global league table classifying countries which best utilise the web, the computer scientist, 57, who launched the web on Christmas day, 1990, said: “The way the internet is designed is very much as a decentralised system.

“At the moment, because countries connect to each other in lots of different ways, there is no one off switch, there is no central place where you can turn it off.

“In order to be able to turn the whole thing off or really block, suppress one particular idea then the countries and governments would have to get together and agree and co-ordinate and turn it from a decentralised system to being a centralised system.

“And if that does happen it is really important that everybody fights against that sort of direction.” So there we have it folks: another one of those weird internet myths busted.

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