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Tim Berners-Lee Wants an Online Magna Carta on 25th Anniversary of the Web

Mar 12 2014, 10:37am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Tim Berners-Lee Wants an Online Magna Carta on 25th Anniversary of the Web
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The founder and creator of the Internet, Tim Berners-Lee is rethinking certain things regarding the World Wide Web. Lee demands a bill for rights for the web on its 25th anniversary.

It seems the time has come for change. Tim-Berners Lee laid down the ABCs of the Internet two and a half decades ago. Today, his invention of sorts has taken over the global environment. 

Everything from careers to relationships and knowledge acquisition to entertainment is sought in the confines of cyberspace. And while there are both pros and cons to this “wonderful weird wizardry” the fact is today many are talking about the “web we want”. 

That is something with which Tim Berners-Lee would agree 100%. He wants a Magna Carta to be signed by all the controllers of the Net. This way the curtailment of freedom can be done away with in one fell swoop. 

Especially in case of such dictatorial countries as China and Iran, the interference with freedom of information can be finally considered a crime. 

Sir Tim Berners-Lee told the Guardian, "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 naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it."

Further issues of responsible anonymity, outreach of information to all corners of the globe and a decentralization of the Web from the United States to the Global Community need proper rectification. 

It is all a matter of finishing off abuse of the medium and creating greater opportunities for the common folks all over the world. The interference and surveillance by government agencies such as the NSA and GCHQ are other dire matters that need to be stopped immediately.

The web was meant as a means of connecting people as well as liberating them. But, the Orwellian 1984 Big Brother scenario that has emerged takes that pristine vision into reverse gear. 

Edward Snowden’s revelations caused havoc among Net users. And Tim Berners-Lee condemned the PRISM-inspired nefarious plans of snooping around in ordinary citizens’ lives. 

Just like a social pact is needed to form a state, similarly a Magna Carta is needed for the Internet. Therefore, while it is a good time to celebrate 25 years of the Net, we ought to be looking to the future for there is plenty of room for improvement.  

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, wrote following in his guest post on Google blog:

"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.”

So today is a day to celebrate. But it’s also an occasion to think, discuss—and do. Key decisions on the governance and future of the Internet are looming, and it’s vital for all of us to speak up for the web’s future. How can we ensure that the other 60 percent around the world who are not connected get online fast? How can we make sure that the web supports all languages and cultures, not just the dominant ones? How do we build consensus around open standards to link the coming Internet of Things? Will we allow others to package and restrict our online experience, or will we protect the magic of the open web and the power it gives us to say, discover, and create anything? How can we build systems of checks and balances to hold the groups that can spy on the net accountable to the public? These are some of my questions—what are yours?"

 

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