LONDON, March 12 (UPI) -- The designer of the World Wide Web has called for a Magna Carta for users, to insure the independence of the medium and the rights of its users.
Speaking in London Tuesday, the 25th anniversary of the first draft of the proposal for what would become the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, 58, said the Web is under increasing attack from governments and commercial influence, and new rules are needed to protect its open and neutral nature.
"We need a global constitution, a bill of rights," he told the British newspaper the Guardian Tuesday.
The Magna Carta plan is part of what Berners-Lee called "The Web we want" and includes a digital bill of rights in every country comprising a statement of principles he hopes will be supported by governments, public institutions and corporations, the newspaper said.
"Unless we have an open, neutral Internet we can rely on, without worrying about what's going on at the back door, we can't have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture," he said in an interview with the newspaper.