Tim Berners-Lee is trying to save the internet, but he needs the help of governments, companies, and individuals to make this work.
Through a document he calls the Magna Carta for the Web, Berners-Lee hopes to guide all sectors of the society in ensuring that the web is free from abuse. On one hand the Magna Carta states, it is the government’s responsibility to ensure that all citizens will have access to the internet at all times. Private companies must make their services affordable while also ensuring that user privacy is respected. On the other hand, users must uphold practices that will respect the dignity of others.
For many supporters of the contract, this move is a reminder to people of the purpose of the internet – a global public resource which respects civil discourse and human dignity.
The Magna Carta for the Web comes at an opportune time as many countries have began censorship of potentially subversive content, and data privacy concerns in social media networks have been raised in recent months.
The contract will be published in full in May 2019, timed perfectly to mark the period when half of the world’s population is expected to have access to the internet.