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Tim Berners-Lee

Web pioneer slams UK, US calls to weaken encryption

LONDON: British web pioneer Tim Berners-Lee on Tuesday slammed as a "bad idea" recent calls in Britain and the United States to weaken cyber encryption. "I know that if you're trying to catch terrorists it's really tempting to demand to be able to break all that encryption," Berners-Lee told the BBC. "But if you break that encryption then guess what -- so could other people, and guess what -- they may end up getting better at it than you are," he warned. The computer scientist, who is credited with inventing the…