On Web's 25th Anniversary, Its Creator Has a Favor to Ask
Twenty five years ago today Sir Tim Berners-Lee filed the memo
that led to the creation of the world wide web. Twenty five years later and he's using the anniversary to call for a digital "Magna Carta" in each country around the world that will protect the web from governments and corporations alike, keeping a neutral and healthy avenue for the continued exchange of ideas and commerce.
Berners-Lee’s Magna Carta idea is part of a larger initiative called the "web we want
," which urges individuals to generate a digital bill of rights in each country. These principles would protect privacy, neutral transmission of data, and privacy and "responsible anonymity," insists Berners-Lee, who has been an outspoken critic of the UK and U.S. total surveillance efforts.
"These issues have crept up on us," Berners-Lee said. "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."
If you're interested, you can sign up here
to be notified as the initiative gets underway.
"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," he notes
. "It's not naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it." There's a good Q&A with Berners-Lee over at CNET
for those that are interested.
Re: All sorts of things, good and bad...
said by tshirt:
... happened between the signing of the actual Magna Carta and the still imperfect world around us today.
While everyone can get on board the idea of "keeping a neutral and healthy avenue for the continued exchange of ideas and commerce." recognize gov't and business is PART of the mix in those processes and the web would not function at all without them.
quote:The gov't and it's money built the internet. And Corporations made into something that not just nerds (like me and other early adopters) would visit. So unlike Berners-Lee, I don't think the Internet needs protecting.
protect the web from governments and corporations alike
Re: All sorts of things, good and bad... Both sides need to be heard and respected and it shouldn't be so adversarial, more of a symbiotic relationship.
neither can exist without the other, and both can thrive when in balance.
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