World Wide Web inventor proposes digital bill of rights

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of World Wide Web

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of World Wide Web

On the 25th anniversary of the Internet, one of the pioneers of the World Wide Web plans to propose a digital bill of rights that protects online users from surveillance.

Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist regarded as the inventor of the World Wide Web, told the Guardian about the increasing attack on Internet freedom by government and corporate influence. To safeguard the independece of the Web, he said an online “Magna Carta” is needed.

In a statement Tuesday, the 58-year-old Berners-Lee said he believes the Web should be “accessible to all, from any device, and one that empowers all of us to achieve our dignity, rights, and potential as humans.”

He hopes for a “Web We Want” initiative that would develop a universal “Bill of Rights” for Internet users. This initiative would establish support for national and regional campaigns in an effort to creating a world where all people are online and free to participate in the exchange of knowledge, collaboration, ideas, and creativity in an open Web.

He also told the Guardian that on the 25th anniversary of the Web, it needs to give the control back to the people so they could define the Web that they want for the next 25 years.

“The key thing is getting people to fight for the web and to see the harm that a fractured web would bring,” said Berners-Lee. “Like any human system, the web needs policing and of course we need national laws, but we must not turn the network into a series of national silos.”

Source: USA Today

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