The World Wide Web celebrated its 25th birthday on March 12, 2014, and with it comes a call for protection from its creator.
25th Birthday of the WWW
Sir Tim Berners-Lee—the British inventor who created the World Wide Web—has called for a digital bill of rights to protect Internet users and their online freedom of speech from government surveillance.
In a guest post written by Berners-Lee shared on Google, the creator of the Web said, “Today is the web’s 25th birthday. On March 12, 1989, I distributed a proposal to improve information flows: a ‘web’ of notes with links between them.”
Digital Bill of Rights
“On the 25th birthday of the web, I ask you to join in—to help us imagine and build the future standards for the web, and to press for every country to develop a digital bill of rights to advance a free and open web for everyone. Learn more at webat25.org and speak up for the sort of web we really want with #web25,” Berner-Lee wrote on his post.
In a report from The Guardian, the computer scientist said the world needs an online equivalent of the “Magna Carta”—the 13th-century British charter of rights—to protect 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. It’s not naïve to think can have that, but it is naïve to think we can just sit back and get it.”