Father of the Web Tim Berners-Lee: The Integrity of the Internet Must Be Protected

Pic: Cellanr (CC)

Pic: Cellanr (CC)

Der Spiegel interviews Tim Berners-Lee, the man widely credited as the father of the internet. Among other things, Berners-Lee is hard at work on a web version of the Magna Carta.

Via Der Spiegel:

SPIEGEL ONLINE: You and others are launching a global campaign to ensure the legal protection of Web users’ rights internationally. What would you include in your personal Magna Charta for the Web?

Berners-Lee: First, I would like us to have that conversation together. That is why we created webwewant.org. I want us to use this year to define the values that we as Web users are going to insist on. I would like every country to debate what that means in terms of their existing laws. In what areas must we enhance our regulations to guarantee fundamental rights on the Internet? The right to privacy must be in there, the right not to be spied on and the right not to be blocked. The commercial marketplace should be completely open. You should be able to visit any political website apart from the things that we all agree are illegal, nasty and horrible. Access to the Web is, of course, a fundamental right. As we celebrate the Web’s 25th anniversary, we need to think about the fact that less than half the world’s population uses the Web at all.

Read the rest at Der Spiegel.


  • BuzzCoastin

    the internet, the great grandson of the telegraph
    by it’s very nature is vulnerable to government & corporate manipulation
    because it still uses centralized data tranmission systems
    that just happen to be owned by the large communication corps

    it’s a disruptive digital technology
    not a safe haven for humans

    • Matt Staggs

      Only tangentially related, but “The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century’s On-Line Pioneers” by Tom Standage is a pretty great read, with the caveat that it came out in 1998 – the Dark Ages of the online world.

      • BuzzCoastin

        McLuhan presaged the internet & its effects
        in the early 60z
        The Master Switch by Tim Wu
        updates the 1998 perspective
        showing how the same corporations
        from the telegraph/telephone era
        still control the master switch

  • Cortacespedes


  • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

    …that’s not Al Gore…

    • Matt Staggs

      I doff my hat to you. Well played.

  • Thurlow Weed

    If Tim Berners-Lee is the papa, who is the mama of the internet?

    • BuzzCoastin

      DARPA was the mother