Former Dorset inventor of world wide web calls for digital “bill of rights” to protect internet users

INVENTOR: Sir Tim Berners-Lee

INVENTOR: Sir Tim Berners-Lee

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SIR Tim Berners-Lee – the former Dorset man who invented the world wide web – has called for a global digital “bill of rights” to protect internet users.

Sir Tim, who lived at Colehill and worked at Plessey in Poole, made his call for a document similar to the Magna Carter as he prepared to mark the web’s 25th anniversary.

He said people who use the web should be able to use it to communicate without being blocked or feeling that somebody is “looking over our shoulder''.

“The people of the world have to be constantly looking out for it – constantly making sure, through action, protest, that it doesn't happen,” he said.

“Are we going to continue on the road and just allow the governments to do more and more control, more and more surveillance?

“Or are we going to going to set up a bunch of values? Are we going to set up something like a Magna Carta for the world wide web and say, actually, now it’s so important, so much part of our lives, that it becomes on a level with human rights?”

Sir Tim laid the foundations for the worldwide web 25 years ago with a document called Information Management: A Pro-posal.

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12:13pm Thu 13 Mar 14

sc61 says...

"Magna Carter"

You might want to spellcheck that properly.

Kudos for at least not claiming that SIR (sic) Tim Berners-Lee invented the internet.
"Magna Carter" You might want to spellcheck that properly. Kudos for at least not claiming that SIR (sic) Tim Berners-Lee invented the internet. sc61
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5:01pm Thu 13 Mar 14

hadvar says...

sc61 wrote:
"Magna Carter"

You might want to spellcheck that properly.

Kudos for at least not claiming that SIR (sic) Tim Berners-Lee invented the internet.
Wasn't Magna Carter the name of the character played by Dennis Waterman in 'The Sweeney'.
[quote][p][bold]sc61[/bold] wrote: "Magna Carter" You might want to spellcheck that properly. Kudos for at least not claiming that SIR (sic) Tim Berners-Lee invented the internet.[/p][/quote]Wasn't Magna Carter the name of the character played by Dennis Waterman in 'The Sweeney'. hadvar
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10:11pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

Good grief. Who writes this stuff?

Tim invented the html language that facilitated the internet. The actual internet preceded his addition to it. But he is important - and has not cashed in on his work. Hence, this issue he is raising should be listened to

Sadly, the big telecom giants and ISPs want their bloods' worth. They pay the politicians who decide these matters. And, ultimately, whatever you do is regulated by GCHQ.
Good grief. Who writes this stuff? Tim invented the html language that facilitated the internet. The actual internet preceded his addition to it. But he is important - and has not cashed in on his work. Hence, this issue he is raising should be listened to Sadly, the big telecom giants and ISPs want their bloods' worth. They pay the politicians who decide these matters. And, ultimately, whatever you do is regulated by GCHQ. Yankee1
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