Berners-Lee Likens Internet Disconnection To imprisonment

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has voiced his concern about the "blight" of new laws that allow regulators and governments to bar people from using the web, comparing it to imprisonment.

The British founder of World Wide Web and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has spoken against the intrusive laws that are designed to force people to stay without internet access, news agency the AFP reports.

According to the news report, Berners Lee has likened the forced exemption from internet with a form of imprisonment.

“There's been a rash of laws trying to give governments and Internet service providers (ISPs) the right and the duty to disconnect people. I think that's a kind of inappropriate punishment,” he said.

He criticised the authorities and governments of the various nations that have employed a “three strikes and out” method to curb copyright infringement on web.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee spoke while addressing the event to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society of London.