berners-lee on snowden

Sir Timothy Berners-Lee
It’s been almost eight years that I last quoted Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web, here at xirdalium. On 1st August 2006 I republished the following sentence from his blog:

When I invented the Web, I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission. Now, hundreds of millions of people are using it freely. I am worried that that is going [to] end in the USA.

Well, it’s more than high time again. Here’s what thenextweb wrote recently:

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the World Wide Web, has come out in support of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, saying that the PRISM surveillance program leak did the world a favor. As a guest editor on the BBC’s Radio 4 Today program, Berners-Lee called Snowden a “really important part of the system.”

In another article at the BBC I found this:

Mr Snowden [speaking via video link in Austin at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in early March 2014] received a warm reception from the audience, and the question-and-answer session included words of praise in an email from internet pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who said his actions were “profoundly in the public interest”.

And here’s the whole Tim Berners-Lee on guest editing Today at BBCR4Today, from 26 December 2013:

via entry at erkan’s field diary—tnx my man … long time no see, btw
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  • Alexander Rabitsch Friday, 1st August 2014 at 08:52

    In some way Snowden seems to be “The One” …. the “systemic anomaly” ….