The inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee is calling on internet barons to force the King to sign a Magna Carta.
Such an internet bill of rights would be designed to defend freedom and privacy and guarantee the rights of web users and is needed to maintain the independence and integrity of the World Wide Web.
He made the announcement on the 25th anniversary of the day he drafted an outline of what would become the web.
Sir Tim has been a vocal critic of online surveillance since Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor, leaked documents that detail how the British governments and US gather data on web users worldwide.
He said that it was time for humanity to make a big communal decision.
“In front of us are two roads – which way are we going to go? Are we going to continue on the road and just allow the governments to do more and more and more control – more and more surveillance? Or are we going to set up a bunch of values? Are we going to set up something like a Magna Carta for the World Wide Web?”
Sir Tim has defended Edward Snowden, saying that his decision to turn whistleblower was “in the public interest”. He has also been an outspoken critic of the “growing tide of surveillance and censorship” in many parts of the world.
He said that any constitution on internet rights and freedoms should also consider issues surrounding copyright laws around the world and how ethics work online. His online bill of rights will be incorporated into a new campaign called “Web We Want” that aims to build an international review of internet conventions.