World wide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee calls for Internet bill of rights

By Kyle Johnson,

The inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, says that there should be a version of the bill of rights for the Internet.

While speaking with The Guardian, Berners-Lee said that he feels there needs to be something to keep the Internet an "open, neutral" system.

He feels that 25 years after he invented the web that it has suffered from influence from both government and corporate interests. "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 said.

He also wrote on the Google blog, calling for the development of a bill of rights as more and more people continue to gain access and fight against government intrusion, especially in light of the NSA spying that was so incredibly widespread.

Berners-Lee notes in the blog that the web should be for more than just the "dominant" languages and cultures and should embrace all.

In talking with The Guardian, he noted that certain issues should definitely be discussed to possibly be included on any Internet bill of rights, such as "privacy, free speech and responsible anonymity."

Berners-Lee also feels that its time that the U.S. give up the Iana contract, which deals with domain names, since the Internet is so wide-spread and not all under the country's control.

image: By Enrique Dans from Madrid, Spain (Con Tim Berners-Lee) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 
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