On Web’s 25th birthday, its inventor asks for a present – a Net Bill of Rights

The World Wide Web is 25 years old today. It’s time, says its inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, for the Internet to have an online “global constitution – a bill of rights.”

His memo to create the WWW was filed on this day in 1989. His boss at Cern wrote on the memo, “Vague, but exciting.” Now, Berners-Lee and others have launched a Web We Want campaign to protect the vision.

On its Web site, the Web We Want campaign notes that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can’t be achieved “without an open, universal Web.” To battle laws that restrict the Web, the campaign is looking to draft an Internet Users Bill of Rights for citizens to propose to their governments.