World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee (pictured) has launched a campaign calling for a “free, open and truly global internet” to mark the 25th anniversary of his invention.
“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
“From national regulations to an international convention, we can work together to propose the best legislation to protect our rights.”
Berners-Lee has been an outspoken critic of government surveillance following the revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The issue can be compared to the importance of human rights, he told the BBC, calling on people to protest against surveillance.
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Berners-Lee said the internet should be a neutral medium that can be used without feeling that "somebody's looking over our shoulder".
He said he believes an open and neutral internet is essential for open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture.