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Tim Berners-Lee, director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and widely recognized as the inventor of the World Wide Web, has initiated a campaign to ensure the “free flow of knowledge, ideas, collaboration and creativity” on the Internet by establishing an Internet Users Bill of Rights to mark the 25th anniversary of the Web.

“As more and more people awaken to the threats against our basic rights online, we must start a debate – everywhere – about the web we want,” says Berners-Lee “From national regulations to an international convention, we can work together to propose the best legislation to protect our rights.”

The W3C’s Web We Want campaign seeks to guarantee everyone’s right to a “right to a free, open and truly global Internet,” and stem the tide of over-reaching government surveillance and poorly written laws that seek to give private corporations too much control over the flow of information.

“Right now the U.N. is requesting an investigation into global online surveillance. As more and more people awaken to the threats against our basic rights online, we must start a debate — everywhere — about the Web we want,” said Berners-Lee. “This process is just getting started. Add your name to our mailing list today and we’ll follow up soon with next steps.”

The W3C is an international community where member organizations and the general public can work together to help develop protocols and guidelines that ensure the long-term growth and access to the Web.

To participate in the movement to draft an Internet Bill of Rights, Berners-Lee suggests you take the following actions:

  • Add your name to the Web We Want mailing list to the right. We’ll keep you informed as our campaign begins to gather momentum
  • Start a national dialogue about the Web that your country wants
  • Draft an Internet Users Bill of Rights for your country, for your region or for all. From national regulations to an international convention, we can work together to propose the best legislation to protect our rights

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