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Tim Berners-Lee still defends the Internet, even decades after its birth. He now advocates a new Magna Carta for the online world. He says that it makes online privacy feasible and is a step towards regaining freedom. The Internet should not be controlled by these entities. It needs to stay free and not bow to any single ruling power to serve the purpose for which it was created.
Privacy Feasible with Online Magna Carta
Lee says that we must fight corporate and government greed for power over the Net. One way to do this is to establish a new Magna Carta to uphold democracy online. Many agree, saying that we must reclaim the online independence that we have taken for granted. Others have advocated Internet freedom by revisiting John Perry Barlow’s Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace. Others back Snowden, calling for better online encryption. Lee says that a Great Charter for online freedom makes true privacy feasible. This way, we are not blocking government and corporate powers but limiting their power to encroach on Internet users’ rights.
Lee has been warning us for some time about the threat that the government and private business entities pose to the Internet. This time he made a clear statement at the London Web We Want festival last Saturday. He says we have to push hard to make real Internet privacy feasible through true Internet independence. The future of the Net is currently in the hands of big business and national powers. They want to control the Internet so they can use it to their advantage. Corporations want to manipulate where people go online. Governments want to know everything about what people do online. They also want to control what people can and cannot access to preserve their positions. These entities basically want to control people everywhere, and the Internet is the last frontier.
Is Privacy Feasible Considering Government and Corporate Greed?
The temptation to abuse the power that control over the Internet gives corporations and governments is hard to resist. And as we have seen from NSA mass spying, severe Internet censorship, widespread manipulation of content and users, and so much more they aren’t trying very hard. These entities have the power to use the Internet for their own benefit without us even knowing. It is high time that we fight because they won’t let us have an open Internet unless we take it by force. This is the only way to make privacy feasible, and to guarantee basic rights of freedom for users. Wars were fought before every privacy milestone in history, and this is no different.