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There are just some people who you sit up and listen to. Not only do they ooze authority, but they have the credentials to back up that clout.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is precisely one of those people. If he utters the words ‘World Wide Web’, then it’s only polite that we should stop and take note – he did invent the thing after all.

Today, in an interview with The Guardian, he’s called for an online ‘Magna Carta’ to protect and enshrine the independence of the medium he created and the rights of its users worldwide. I was already intrigued about what the journalist’s visit to Silicon Valley would deliver, having spotted multiple pics on Jemima Kiss’ Instagram account last night – quite an exclusive to kick things off!

The idea of establishing new rules to fend off ‘increasing attack from governments and corporate influence’ will undoubtedly be met with a positive response. I’m not sure if Berners-Lee quite knew the astonishing impact his first proposal would have. But, 25 years on it’s become a fundamental part of how the global community interacts with one another, so why shouldn’t it have its own ‘bill of rights’?

Under his proposal, principles of privacy, free speech and responsible anonymity would be explored in an attempt, as he describes it, to ‘take the web back into our own hands and define the web we want for the next 25 years’.

His words will also have media and technology lawyers salivating at the prospect of it covering copyright laws and the cultural-societal issues around the ethics of technology. While the way in which we use the web should not be hamstrung by too much red tape and policing, the influence that it has – both good and bad – is certainly a candidate for greater control; protecting those who need it, but allowing the sort of freedom that has made the worldwide web such an international phenomenon.

Happy 25th birthday www.!