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The web turned 25 last year. The inventor of the web Tim Berners-Lee, saw it as an opportunity to spark a discussion of the web we want and to crowdsource a Magna Carta, a bill of rights for the web.

This year, as part of its celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, The British Library joined the discussion and created an excellent set of videos (like the ones shown above) to use as a springboard for a digital rights debate and to encourage students to contribute to a Magna Carta of the digital age.

Today the British Library unveiled the Top 10 clauses people would like to see in a Magna Carta of the digital age.

  1. The Web we want will not let companies pay to control it, and not let governments restrict our right to information
  2. The Web we want will allow freedom of speech
  3. The Web we want will be free from government censors in all countries
  4. The Web we want will not allow any kind of government censorship
  5. The Web we want will be available for all those who wish to use it
  6. The Web we want will be free from censorship and mass surveillance
  7. The Web we want will allow equal access to knowledge, information and current news worldwide
  8. The Web we want will have freedom of speech
  9. The Web we want will not be censored by the government
  10. The Web we want will not sell our personal information and preferences for money, and will make it clearer if the company/Website intends to do so

What would be on your list for a Magna Carta of digital rights?

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