Today's Tech: Web-founder Berners-Lee slams UK and US Prism antics and government pays 3.6 per cent of £530m broadband funds

World wide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has condemned western governments for their use of sweeping Internet surveillance, arguing that the authorities are compromising a tool that is "important in people's survival." A fierce advocate for user privacy and an open Internet, Berners-Lee has frequently taken governing bodies to task over online 'snooping', and yesterday accused the west of hypocrisy in comments made to The Times. "In the Middle East, people have been given access to the internet but they have been snooped on and then they have been jailed," he said. "Obviously, it can be easy for people in the West to say, 'oh, those nasty governments should not be allowed access to spy'. But it's clear that developed nations are seriously spying on the Internet." Berners-Lee said the assurance of anonymity and privacy was vital to the well-being of the online community, who may now be reluctant to share information in the wake of Prism and subsequent revelations. For more on Berners-Lee's Prism opinions, follow the link above.

Only two English councils have confirmed they have received any money from the government as part of the rural high-speed broadband scheme. It has emerged that by March, just over £3 million from a funding pot of £530 million had been handed over to relevant local authorities by the government – a mere 3.6 per cent of the total cash earmarked for the project. This money has found its way to only two organisations. "We feel that the government have been talking the right game and we welcome the money but the action and support for local authorities and the delivery of local authorities has been very limited," The Countryside Alliance's Sarah Lee told the BBC. Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) is the government organisation responsible for executing the rollout successfully, but its position could soon be at risk, as some members of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport are believe to have expressed their dissatisfaction at the body's credentials. The government announced its plans to get the whole of Britain connected to super-fast broadband back in 2011.

Dell has launched the Protected Workspace, the latest addition to the Dell Data Protection security offering for business PCs. The software employs the Invincea technology to shield computers from a vast array of malware and other cyber-attacks. Amongst the things Protected Workspace stops are spear-phishing, watering hole attacks, drive-by downloads, poisoned search engine results, advanced persistent threats and zero-day exploits. It achieves this level of protection by offering a sheltered environment in which to work and access the Internet and email. This virtual environment ensures that infections, which are identified in real-time, never move into the main operating system. "This agreement puts Invincea's unique capability to contain, capture and analyze zero-day attacks into the hands of global enterprises, small and medium businesses and individuals," said Anup Ghosh, CEO and founder of Invincea.

The USA's cyber-defences are coming under increasing strain, with reports detailing efforts from foreign adversaries to expose the country's critical operations; including the military and energy industry. The latest blow to the military comes after hackers leaked personal details belonging to tens of thousands of US troops online. The attack was identified by security researchers in South Korea, which saw government and media websites shut down from cyber-attacks yesterday in an apparent link to the anniversary of the Korean War with its Northern neighbours. The unidentified hackers claim to have secured and released details of over two million South Korean ruling party workers as well as 40,000 US military staff. News of the attack arrives as the Council on Foreign Relations warns that the country's oil and natural gas operations are also coming under siege from hackers. With the States coming under so much pressure in the digital realm, security expert Philip Lieberman said the country was on the brink of suffering a major cyber-assault that would cripple US national infrastructure.

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