Tim Berners-Lee. Photo: AFP
Tim Berners-Lee. Photo: AFP

The Web we want

The Web is a global commons of a different kind, requiring a different solution for preserving its freedom

Twenty five years after he penned the first draft of the proposal that would become the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee has called for a Magna Carta for the Internet.

Conceived as a medium for open exchange of ideas, the net is heavily spied on. Unlike the physical world, where there are distinctions between dictators and democrats, the web has no such markers. The chief culprits include agencies of the US and Russian governments. Countries such as India, too, are complicit in such behaviour.

The alternative proposed some time ago of placing the Web under the care of a group of countries mandated by the UN does not inspire confidence. That will not skirt the problem of governments trying to control or block content on the net.

The Web is a global commons of a different kind, requiring a different solution for preserving its freedom.

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