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On Web's 25th Anniversary, Its Creator Has a Favor to Ask
by Karl Bode 05:46PM Wednesday Mar 12 2014
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.

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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.

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guppy_fish
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Will get right on it

Right after we get the world peace thing taken care of ....
kherr
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Re: Will get right on it

I thought that Al Gore invented the web ......

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Re: Will get right on it

said by kherr:

I thought that Al Gore invented the web ......

So did he

must be true, I saw it on the internet

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Internet. Al Gore invented the Internet.

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All sorts of things, good and bad...

... 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.

PlusOne

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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.

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protect the web from governments and corporations alike
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.

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Re: All sorts of things, good and bad...

said by PlusOne :

...

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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Sorry, your search for "Magna Carta" has returned no results

This may be because

1. You have reached your bandwidth cap for the hour.

2. The domain has been seized by a government agency.

3. The server hosting your document failed to pay for priority traffic to our network.

4. Your government filter has classified "Magna Carta" as a euphemism for kiddie porn and has blocked the site.

5. "Magna Carta" is Hollywood's latest blockbuster and the RIAA has blocked the site.

Please do not leave your current location. Law enforcement has been notified and will be breaking down your door shortly.

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Re: Sorry, your search for "Magna Carta" has returned no results

Probably in the top 10 for bests posts ever on DSLR

not

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Re: Sorry, your search for "Magna Carta" has returned no results

said by DataRiker:

Probably in the top 10 for bests posts ever on DSLR

Not. Those things don't happen, and likely never will.
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Re: Sorry, your search for "Magna Carta" has returned no results

You don't get humor at all, do you.

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We must keep the internet safe from the (insert current)Bogey Man for the CHILDREN!
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Let them eat FIBER!

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Sad part is we are not far off from any of those. Heck #1 was a reality a few years ago for anybody on Satellite, and number 3 is extremely close over cellular.

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It would not be

enforceable.

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Security of clicking questionable

Why would anyone click on the sign up info or link, etc. with security as insecure as it is today? This act in itself would seem to be contrary to just about everything I've learned. Do I trust DSLR to post credible articles? Of course. But would I just click, willy nilly, because this arose here...NOT. Hmmmmmmmm. Guess there's so much insecurity on the Net, I am now becoming paranoid.
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No, that's not it, I think your tinfoil hat is perhaps just a little too tight.

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First thing that needs to be done

The first thing that needs to be done is the Comcast & TWC merger needs to be stopped It will be very bad for the web in the US if it is allowed to happen. That & we need fiber nationwide so cable does not take over the web in the US.
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Re: First thing that needs to be done

Why do we want to stoop it ?

I want to stop it but not stoop it !

chip89
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Re: First thing that needs to be done

Fixed it.

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Re: First thing that needs to be done

Not quite. Now you want the merger to stope.
The past tense of the verb "stop" is spelled "stopped".