Many human activities – from commerce to communication, from entertainment and education to banking and bill payment – have migrated onto the internet. Photo: Shutterstock
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A safe and open web all comes down to getting balance right

  • The utopian vision of creator Tim Berners-Lee has given way to pessimism about the direction the internet has taken us, and he wants a charter of rights and obligations for users

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Many human activities – from commerce to communication, from entertainment and education to banking and bill payment – have migrated onto the internet. Photo: Shutterstock
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James Griffiths offers an alternative view of Chinese internet history in the Great Firewall of China. Photo: Shutterstock

How China built Great Firewall, and how web users can build a transparent, democratic internet – new book

  • James Griffiths has written an even-handed history of the internet in China that is as critical of censors there as it is of the profit-driven US tech industry
  • Author hopes, perhaps optimistically, that a user-controlled internet built around the technology’s promise of freedom and education can develop instead
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