November 22, 2013
Launching his second annual Web Index today, Sir Tim Berners Lee will say that “a growing tide of surveillance and censorship now threatens the future of democracy. Bold steps are needed now to protect our fundamental rights to privacy and freedom of opinion and association online.”
Measuring growth, use and freedom of the internet in 81 countries, the Web Index places Sweden and Norway as the countries benefiting most from the web, ahead of the UK and America in third and forth place respectively.
“One of the most encouraging findings of this year’s Web Index is how the web and social media are increasingly spurring people to organise, take action and try to expose wrongdoing in every region of the world,” Sir Tim will say. He will note, however, the chilling effect that comes because “some governments are threatened by this”.
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