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Tim Berners-Lee: 'Access to internet is a human right'

19 April 2011 Last updated at 08:03 BST

The man credited with inventing the web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has said he believes access to the internet has become "a human right".

He told the BBC it was "an empowering thing for humanity to be connected at high speed and without borders".

But he said there was a threat to the concept of "net neutrality" in the form of governments or businesses attempting to control the flow of data:

"You might want to go to a site, but it's not politically correct, religiously correct, or... commercially correct."

He added that the Egyptian revolution had made many people think for the first time "about the internet as not being permanently there like the air".