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Berners-Lee: Web Needs a Magna Carta to Protect Internet Users’ Privacy, Rights

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, says a digital bill of rights is needed to protect an open, neutral Internet. He and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which Berners-Lee directs, are using the 25th anniversary of the Web’s founding to advocate for an online Magna Carta. The Magna Carta, issued in 1215, was the first document forced onto an English king by his subjects that tried to limit his powers and protect their rights. The W3C is launching a year-long campaign called the Web We Want. “Unless we have an open, neutral internet we can rely on without worrying about what’s happening at the back door,” referring to governments’ increasing use of the Internet to gather information on private citizens, he told the Guardian, “we can’t have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities, and diversity of culture. It’s not naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it.” (The Associated Press)(Reuters)(The Guardian)

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