Who said this? Sir Tim Berners-Lee, ‘The Master’, the inventor of The Web.
Sir Tim said: “It’s time to recognise the internet as a basic human right.
“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.”
Describing the web as a “great leveller” he said that rights to privacy, freedom of expression and affordable access should be “hardwired” into the basic rules of net use.
The World Wide Web Foundation, led by Sir Tim, measured the web’s contribution to the social, economic and political progress of 86 countries.
Other headline findings from the report include:
- 74% of countries either lack clear and effective net neutrality rules and/or show evidence of traffic discrimination
- 62% of countries report that the web plays a major role in sparking social or political action
- 74% of countries are not doing enough to stop online harassment of women
The number of subscribers has gone up and up and yet the basic cost of a line to our homes has also gone up, not down. They are just making money hand over fist and are not then paying the full domestic Tax on it! Those with money, as usual, have it as fast as they like while the rest of us are stuffed.
If we do not all keep awake this will become a ‘Rich Mans’ plaything where they monitor any form of dissension and clamp down on it as quickly as possible. They just hate how democratic the Interweb is – they want control!