Fry throws weight behind net neutrality

'People are trying to control the internet' says Twitter legend

Stephen Fry   more than 100 000 Twitter followers

Stephen Fry has thrown his weight behind net neutrality, telling a packed Regent Street Apple store that fears over security should not degrade the freedom of the web.

Actor and comedian Fry, who was giving a talk on technology and the internet, has become a major voice in the industry – with his impact on micro-blogging site Twitter pushing his profile to a whole new level.

And key to Fry's love of the internet is the fact that it remains a free and open exchange – with all the good and bad that this entails.

Like a city

"The internet is like a city - it has red light districts, all kinds of weird people, who want to con and steal from you, but my god, they're exciting places to live and to be a citizen of it is a great privilege," said Fry.

"Yet people are trying to control the internet like they would never dare with a city."

The issue of net neutrality has become increasingly important in political agendas, with several governments discussing just how they can police a phenomenon that has become a powerful global force.

A huge section of the internet community has already vociferously argued for the net to remain neutral – with boundaries not set by equipment, body or government.