Internet best open and free

January 31st, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Kerry McBride at stuff reports:

The internet should be like a blank sheet of paper for people to write on, says the creator of the World Wide Web.

In Wellington for just one day, Sir told an audience of tech types last night that the web was at its best when as open as possible.

‘‘It should be like a sheet of paper – without attitude. It’s not concerned about what is written on it.’’

In 1989, the British computer scientist became the first person to create a link between a web page and a server via the internet, establishing the World Wide Web as it is known today.

The lecture, held at Te Papa, was part of a whirlwind tour that also included meetings with Prime Minister John Key, ministers and officials to discuss New Zealand’s approach to the digital environment.

While he would not divulge what discussions he had with the prime minister, he said all people should be able to use the internet without fear that companies or governments were spying, or data-mining.

‘‘We should be able to use the internet without worrying about whether there is someone looking over our shoulder.’’

Part of that included creating business models that allowed people to obtain music, movies and or even cat photos in any format they desired.

Earlier in the day we had a reception and powhiri for Sir Tim and the point was made that he invented the WWW without needing to get permisson from any person or any Government. That is the strength of the Internet.

‘There’s someone out there who next week is going to produce something you could never imagine. And that’s not about technology, that’s humanity.’’

Technology is just the tool. But a damn useful tool.

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27 Responses to “Internet best open and free”

  1. Brian Harmer (686 comments) says:

    I sincerely hope it does remain open and free. However, no-one can doubt that it is a world-changing invention which has such significant effects on economies and sovereignties that it would be unrealistic to expect governments and corporations to keep their hands off. I remember the highly democratic processes of the early Internet such as setting up a new Usenet group. Now we have the ITU and governments wanting to be “in charge”

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  2. Viking2 (11,228 comments) says:

    doesn’t matter what anyone invents there is ALWAYS a politician and their clip board banging arse sniffing adherents who think they should own it or tax it.

    The yanks are trying their hardest along with the EU. to tax it somehow.

    Nothing changes in the world of the socialists.

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  3. Redbaiter (7,862 comments) says:

    What a farce.

    There is not a person reading this blog who does not know that big progressive government is working steadily to shut the internet down.

    Name one politician who is seriously trying to protect it.

    The internet is big government’s greatest enemy.

    Of course they will shut it down, and all this feel good talk about protecting freedom of expression is worthless crap.

    Their intent is to shut it down, and they will.

    And you know what?

    Many of the “people”, the misguided brain dead goons who continue to vote for big government, and even bigger government, will cheer when they do it.

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  4. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.”
    Al Gore, 9th March 1999

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  5. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    The internet should be totally free with no censorship. The internet is not owned by Government, it is not their property, it is none of their business. There are no circumstances where it is appropriate for the Government to censor the net. Appeals to wipe out kiddy porn and other emotive nonsense are used to shut down debate and allow the state legal rights to limit what we see. After all, who would dare oppose efforts to stop kiddy porn !

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  6. Peter (1,653 comments) says:

    The internet has grown great and powerful because it is largely statist-free, but I fear Redbaiter is right.

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  7. pq (728 comments) says:

    another good post farrar, also congratulation you do not censor.
    people that go to kiwipolitico idiot Pablo or Trotter, Chris Trotter or Morgan cat killer censored,
    Always keep your column open,

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  8. Naturesong (23 comments) says:

    doesn’t matter what anyone invents there is ALWAYS a politician and their clip board banging arse sniffing adherents who think they should own it or tax it.
    The yanks are trying their hardest along with the EU. to tax it somehow.
    Nothing changes in the world of the socialists.

    I don’t thank that word “socialist” means what you think it means.
    It’s great as an epithet to throw around, until you look it up in a dictionary and realise it means something different, and is not all that terrifying.

    Socialism: refers to an economic system characterised by social ownership of the means of production.
    “Social ownership” may refer to cooperative enterprises, common ownership, state ownership, or citizen ownership of equity.

    When Tim Berners-Lee created HTTP, HTML and WorldWideWeb (first browser and editor) and CERN httpd, it was to enable the free sharing of information between academics.

    Part of his first posting was this: “The WorldWideWeb (WWW) project aims to allow all links to be made to any information anywhere. [...] The WWW project was started to allow high energy physicists to share data, news, and documentation. We are very interested in spreading the web to other areas, and having gateway servers for other data. Collaborators welcome!”

    A cooperative enterprise, citizen ownership of equity. Free sharing of information by the collective. Sounds a lot like socialism. It sure as hell ain’t capitalism.

    Net Neutrality is vitally important for humanity, that the WWW remains freely available to all. Free of corporations routing information and commerce to preferred locations, free of governments wanting to tax it, restrict it, and more importantly using it to track and collect data on their citizens.

    Btw, other socialist ideas you probably like: superannuation, single payer health care, education … Oh, and btw, the internet (arpanet) upon which the world Wide Web runs, was created using government funded research.

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  9. pq (728 comments) says:

    we thank you from our hearts Mr Farrar, your freedom column, this freedom to speak nobody can say farrar is not a great bloke

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  10. Redbaiter (7,862 comments) says:

    “Btw, other socialist ideas you probably like: superannuation, single payer health care, education”

    Speak for yourself. These ideas are all crap and performing extremely poorly while bankrupting our society.

    Superannuation- bankrupt

    Health care- ineffective, dominated more and more by death panels, and also going bankrupt.

    Education- Utterly and completely fucked for decades under the misguidance of Wellington Central Communist Control.

    The true intent all of these so called “ideas” is to enslave the people, make them more dependent upon socialist elites and thereby in the misguided gratitude flowing from that dependence, allow them utmost power over our lives.

    Including the power to limit our standard of living, limit our access to health care, and direct our so called eduction into a pathetically inadequate socialist indoctrination process.

    And from all of this comes their ultimate holy grail, the ultimate ambition of all socialists, and that is unbridled political power, and they will use that unbridled power to shut down the internet and any other concept that might threaten their political ascendancy.

    And it is the likes of you Neuteredsong, who will cheer them on while they do it.

    Oh for a modern day Sophie Scholl.

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  11. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    Full credit not the Berners-Lee, but the Internet’s real inventor:

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  12. Naturesong (23 comments) says:

    And from all of this comes their ultimate holy grail, the ultimate ambition of all socialists, and that is unbridled political power, and they will use that unbridled power to shut down the internet and any other concept that might threaten their political ascendancy.

    Please read some books.

    “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.”

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  13. Naturesong (23 comments) says:

    Manolo (8,904) Says:
    January 31st, 2013 at 11:30 am
    Full credit not the Berners-Lee, but the Internet’s real inventor:

    Great video, talk about stepping on a rake.

    Btw, you do realise that the Internet is different to the World Wide Web?

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  14. Redbaiter (7,862 comments) says:

    “Please read some books.”

    Like Das Kapital right?

    Here’s a listing of some of the books I have read over the last few years-

    Mark Levin- Liberty and Tyranny

    Mark Levin- Ameritopia

    Michell Malkin- Culture of Corruption

    Ann Coulter- Demonic

    Ann Coulter- Godless, The Church of Liberalism

    Ann Coulter- Guilty, Liberal “victims” and their assault on America.

    Ann Coulter- Slander

    Ann Coulter- Treason

    Bernard Goldberg- 100 People Screwing Up America

    Bernard Goldberg- Crazies Left, Wimps Right

    Bernard Goldberg- Arrogance, rescuing America from the Media Elite

    D Hardy J Clarke- Michael Moore is a Big Fat Stupid White Man

    Jason Mattera- Obama Zombies

    Edward Klein- The Amateur Barack Obama in the White House

    Greg Gutfield- The Joy of Hate

    Sarah Palin- Going Rogue

    Sarah Palin- America By Heart

    David Horowitz- Hating Whitey

    Glenn Beck- Arguing With Idiots

    Glenn Beck- Common Sense

    Jerome R Corsi- The Obama Nation

    Jonah Goldberg- Liberal Fascism

    Mark Steyn- America Alone

    Thomas Sowell- Intellectuals and Society

    Ted Nugent- Ted White and Blue

    Sean Hannity- Deliver Us from Evil

    Read any of those yourself have you?

    Thought not.

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  15. eszett (2,352 comments) says:

    The true intent all of these so called “ideas” is to enslave the people, make them more dependent upon socialist elites and thereby in the misguided gratitude flowing from that dependence, allow them utmost power over our lives.

    Including the power to limit our standard of living, limit our access to health care, and direct our so called eduction into a pathetically inadequate socialist indoctrination process..

    Yes, red, you have seen through all of us and discovered our masterplan.

    You have to admit, if we socialist elites have done all this, we can’t be that useless after all. It takes a lot of thought, planning, ogranisational skills, discipline, foresight, logistics, etc. etc.

    I mean, you must feel frustrated and incompetent to be beaten over and over again by some knuckle-dragging commie socialist scum despite your obvious superiority.

    How come you are always on the losing side, Reddy?

    Maybe you just admire our success and are a tiny bit envious. aren’t you?

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  16. Redbaiter (7,862 comments) says:

    “Maybe you just admire our success and are a tiny bit envious. aren’t you?”

    Your success in achieving supreme political power by lying and cheating?

    You might think that what you have achieved and the way you have done so is something to be admired, but be assured I have a totally different view.

    Check out my latest blog post for a lesson on the real value of political popularity.

    http://truebluenz.com/2013/01/30/opinion-polls-hitler-mussolini-and-caligula-would-all-have-been-so-popular/

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  17. Naturesong (23 comments) says:

    Oh dear god!

    Your book list is … um.

    So, Fox News presenters, World Net Daily, American Talkback Radio … and a crazy guitarist.

    You do know that these people derive their income from whipping up anxiety in weak minded Americans.

    I would have thought you could have at least read The Wealth of Nations, Atlas Shrugged (and other Ayn Rand novels).

    My comment though was about you knowing so much about the evil socialist mind and their all consuming desire to subjugate the world. So “The Communist Manifesto” and “Das Kapital” were the ones I thought you might read.
    At the very least it will give you some insight into the mind of the “enemy” (you know, your fellow New Zealanders).

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  18. eszett (2,352 comments) says:

    Your success in achieving supreme political power by lying and cheating?

    You might think that what you have achieved and the way you have done so is something to be admired, but be assured I have a totally different view.

    Lying and cheating? How did we do that? Lying to whom? And who are we cheating? Who are “we” anyway, other than some figment of your bizarre imagination.

    Check out my latest blog post for a lesson on the real value of political popularity.

    Oh, is it time for your monthly rant on your fanciful site again?
    I thought I was persona-non-grata there.

    Your site’s motto after all is free speech only for those who are free to speak

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  19. eszett (2,352 comments) says:

    So, Fox News presenters, World Net Daily, American Talkback Radio … and a crazy guitarist.

    You have to admit, though, Sarah Palin is a classic.

    I can imagine how Reddy has some framed pictures of her on the wall.

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  20. Naturesong (23 comments) says:

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  21. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    eszett, I can imagine you with gilded framed pictures of chairman Mao & Marx on the wall, as you sit in the corner dressed in gray, reading Noam Chomsky’s pompous ramblings by candle light with a suitable dour and emibittered look on your face.

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  22. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    Redbaiter (1,940) Says:
    January 31st, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Here’s a listing of some of the books I have read over the last few years-

    What a list! “Demonic” sounds like a stimulating read as does other gems such as Glenn Beck’s ironically titled “Arguing with Idiots”. The great literature of our time indeed.

    I wonder if you’ve read some of Ann’s other great books:

    http://www.hbo.com/real-time-with-bill-maher/episodes/0/219-episode/video/clip-ann-coulter-books.html

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  23. eszett (2,352 comments) says:

    Kea (1,952) Says:
    January 31st, 2013 at 12:28 pm
    eszett, I can imagine you with gilded framed pictures of chairman Mao & Marx on the wall, as you sit in the corner dressed in gray, reading Noam Chomsky’s pompous ramblings by candle light with a suitable dour and emibittered look on your face.

    Really, Kea? Justs hows how very limited and narrow-minded your imagination is, don’t you think?

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  24. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    eszett, I thought my quip showed rather a lot of imagination, as opposed to your banal cliched dig at Red, our resident defender of all things decent and good. ;)

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  25. eszett (2,352 comments) says:

    You could have added a little bit more colour, Kea,
    I mean come on, dressed in gray? How cliché is that.

    And not candle light anymore, way too much carbon.
    Efficient light bulbs.

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  26. Redbaiter (7,862 comments) says:

    Gawd, you poor isolated parochial small town people. You are actually so out of touch you think that communists like Jeremy Paxman (totally humiliated by Ann in the clip above) and Bill Maher are people who should be listened to.

    Good grief, that tired old liberal bullshit is on the skids completely now, and the only thing that will save it the same old totalitarianism that is the subject of this thread, wherein the internet is under threat from the UN, and Obama whom Bill Maher has given one million dollars to help his re-election.

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  27. Azeraph (603 comments) says:

    Here’s the usual spout from my mouth.

    Multinationals.

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