Internet is becoming 'a human right' says web founder

The inventor of the World Wide Web has said that access to the Internet should be seen in the same way as utilities like water.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has called again for a ‘Magna Carta of the digital age’ and asked people to think about rules and rights online.

“Because we do use it in such intimate parts of our lives, because we need it to do things so very easily compared to somebody else who doesn't have the internet, we found that people wanted to talk about it more and more like a human right,” he said.

He made the plea in the Royal gallery at the House of Lords at an event celebrating the 800 years since the signing of Magna Carta.

The pioneer said it was the right time to define ‘the right to Internet’ as new technologies are becoming smarter but also “a little bit, in a way, unsafe”.

“Everything is changing faster and faster and so a lot of people are realising we need to throw out some anchors, we need some stability, and we need things like rules.”

He said the revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden unveiled a whole new dimension of online privacy breaches and people were no longer just “worrying about if the Government is spying on us”.

“One of the things we say about the internet is it is a permissionless space, it's one of the things that we like.

“That property, the fact you can do what you like, connect to other people - those things that people take for granted, we have been asking people to think about.”

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