Inventor Of The Web Calls For Online Freedoms

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Inventor Of The Web Calls For Online Freedoms

Inventor Of The Web Calls For Online Freedoms


This week, the World Wide Web turns 25. Its
inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, is taking the opportunity to call for an online Magna Carta. Berners-Lee is urging countries to generate
a bill of digital rights, to define and uphold principles of privacy, free speech, anonymity
and copyright on the Web. “Unless we have an open, neutral internet
we can rely on without worrying about what’s happening at the back door, we can’t have
open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture.”
(Via The Guardian) And now could be the best time to push for
these freedoms. Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen wrote an op-ed in the New York
Times on the anniversary of the web’s birthday: five billion more people will come online
in the next decade, mostly in places where censorship is still rife. “How do we make the web truly global; available
to all people? How do we secure the web to protect our personal information? What does
the web need to be more useful?” (Via webat25.org) Berners-Lee is pointing people to the Web
We Want initiative, which is “calling on people around the world to stand up for their right
to a free, open and truly global Internet.” The initiative will define these rights with
“legislation,” even if there’s no actual single government to submit it to. Nonetheless, says GigaOM, “Berners-Lee and
the Foundation carry a lot of weight, and these issues are increasingly on the minds
of policy-makers around the world — it surely cannot hurt to have a global brainstorm.” For now, The Web We Want is collecting signups
from web citizens interested in pushing for Internet freedoms. It says it will pass along
more information soon.

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