Online Bill Of Rights Needed To Protect Democracy, Says Berners-Lee

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Tim Berners-Lee, the man who pioneered the interconnected information management system we now know colloquially as the Web (he called it the World Wide Web), has called for an online Magna Carta to protect the openness and neutrality of the Internet.

Speaking in an interview with the Guardian newspaper 25 years after he wrote the first draft of the proposal of what would become the Web, Berners-Lee warned that its neutrality is under sustained attack from overreaching governments and corporates — and an online “Magna Carta” is needed to protect and enshrine its independence.

Berners-Lee’s original vision for the World Wide Web was a universal linked information system and also a collaborative tool, helping scientists and others to work together. In the event, the Web initially became primarily a publishing platform for the dissemination of information. But as more and more data has found its way online, the impetus of authorities and corporates…

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