Internet Creator Tim Berners-Lee Calls Web Access a "Human Right"

Ryan Whitwam

Twenty years ago, Tim Berners-Lee was instrumental in the invention of the Internet. In a recent speech at MIT, Berners-Lee has called access to the web that he created a " human right ". The tech pioneer even went so far as to compare web access to access to water. His bottom line, to thrive in a competitive world, web access it a must.

Berners-Lee clarified that it is obviously possible to live without the web, unlike water. Though, web access has proven itself to be hugely important over time. He continued, "The difference between somebody who is connected to the Web and is part of the information society, and someone who (is not) is growing bigger and bigger." Berners-Lee is also an outspoken supporter of network neutrality who often cautions not to allow ISPs to exercise too much control over the Internet.

In closing, Berners-Lee described the web in an organic way, stating that the number of websites has exceeded the number of neurons in the brain. Unlike the brain, where we can only observe, we can study and improve the Internet. Apparently the first step is to make sure everyone has access to it. Do you think Internet access should be considered a human right?

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