“It’s time to recognize the Internet as a basic human right” its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has said. “That means guaranteeing affordable access for all, ensuring Internet packets are delivered without commercial or political discrimination, and protecting the privacy and freedom of web users regardless of where they live”.
At the release of the 2014-15 Web Index — the world’s first measure of the Web’s contribution to social, economic and political progress — the father of the World Wide Web noted that in our increasingly unequal world, the web has the potential to be a great equalizer, but only “if we hardwire the rights to privacy, freedom of expression, affordable access and net neutrality into the rules of the game”.
As the Internet has become our main conduit of information and the filter through which we survey the world around us, is it time to add it beside freedom, justice and peace, in a next natural Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
Source: Huffpost Tech