The World Wide Web has turned 25 today. The creator of WWW, Tim Berners-Lee on the occasion has called for “a bill of Rights” for the all encompassing medium. Berners-Lee spoke with the Guardian at length about “The Web We Want” initiative he has been working on.
“We need a global constitution – a bill of rights. 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,” said Lee. He compared this bill of rights with the Magna Carta and has described these rights of security equal to the human rights.
Sir Lee has applauded the efforts of whistleblower Edward Snowden who revealed the surveillance tactics of US, UK government spy agencies.
“Our rights are being infringed more and more on every side, and the danger is that we get used to it. So I want to use the 25th anniversary for us all to do that, to take the web back into our own hands and define the web we want for the next 25 years.” He urged every person to take proactive steps towards creating the right environment for the Internet. He called users to enroll at the Web We Want initiative in this regard.