Inventor of the World Wide Web Pushes for Internet Bill of Rights

Justin King (TheAntiMedia)
September 30, 2014

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Protest_against_internetOver the weekend, the British inventor of the World Wide Web condemned government and corporate intrusion on the internet and called for an Internet Bill of Rights. 25 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee was instrumental in developing the system you are using right now to read this article. Image credit: wikimedia.org

He cited examples of government and corporate abuse as he spoke at the “We Want Web” festival.

“If a company can control your access to the internet, if they can control which websites they go to, then they have tremendous control over your life.”

He then turned his condemnation on the governments of the world.

“If a government can block you going to, for example, the opposition’s political pages, then they can give you a blinkered view of reality to keep themselves in power.”

Being British, Berners-Lee used the term “Magna Carta” to describe the document to protect against spying, censorship, and government intrusion. The Magna Carta Libertatum was a document guaranteeing the rights Barons in England. It became law in 1215 and has since been the foundation for a family of documents promising inalienable rights to people.

“There have been lots of times that it has been abused, so now the Magna Carta is about saying…I want a web where I’m not spied on, where there’s no censorship.”

After constant revelations about the United States spying on the world, the Chinese blocking access to their citizens, the European Union allowing people to edit their own histories under the dubious “Right to be forgotten,” and corporations manipulating users many believe it time to establish a worldwide set of rights for the world wide web.

Berners-Lee was recently a speaker at TED and discussed the development of the web and discussed the threats to the web and called on people to crowdsource a Magna Carta by the end of the year.

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