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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)

CERN Celebrates Web Anniversary by Recreating First Webpage

As a part of its 20th anniversary celebration of the World Wide Web, CERN announced plans to recreate the world’s first webpage as part of its larger aim of preserving the hardware and software used in the Web’s launch. The World Wide Web began as a CERN project called ENQUIRE, initiated by Tim Berners-Lee—now the World Wide Web Consortium’s director—in 1989. Archive files from 1992, the earliest they could find, are now available at their original Web address http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html . “The hope is that the restoration of the first webpage and website will serve as an inspiration and a reminder of the Web’s fundamental values,” according to the BBC. “It is the early technology’s innate ability to subvert that makes re-creation of the first website especially interesting.” CERN is seeking help in restoring the NeXT computer that hosted the first website. (International Business Times)(BBC)(Restoring the First Website @ CERN)(CERN)

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