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No off-switch for internet: creator

Published 06/09/2012 | 03:48

Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has denied the internet has an 'off-switch'
Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has denied the internet has an 'off-switch'

The inventor of the world wide web has denied there is an “off-switch” which could turn off the internet across the globe.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who launched the web on Christmas Day 1990, said the only way the internet could only ever be entirely shut down is if governments all over the world co-ordinated to centralise the system.

It comes after moves by Egypt last year to suppress use of the web led to speculation that the Hosni Mubarak regime had found a kill switch for the internet.

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