The internet should be seen as a basic human right

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, said that the internet needs to be considered a basic human right and recognised as such in law.

Speaking in India, Sir Tim said that access to the internet on par with any other civil right. Finland has already accepted access to the Internet as a human right.

He wants the world to get away from the idea that the internet needs to be controlled by large corporations or governments.

Sir Tim said Egypt was now communicating online with its people and the great unwashed was in a position to give feedback to the government.

Currently the idea of internet governance and a mechanism to control international cyber crime was too complicated, he added.

Sir Tim said there was a problem of jurisdiction and coordination among law enforcement services across different countries. There is a lot of discussion going on about which aspect of Internet should be governed by what sort of international organisation.

Sir Tim called for the use of mobile technology to make the web available to a large number of people in countries with low levels of internet penetration like India.

People needed to build websites which work well on mobile phones and said there was scope for entrepreneurs can build an economy using this technology.