The British Library recently conducted a survey with about 3,000 participants with the purpose of creating a digital “Magna Carta” for the Internet age, resulting in a top ten list of declarations for the World Wide Web.
Roughly 500 stipulations were conceived by the surveyed group, ages 10-18.
The biggest ultimatum given was for the Internet to be free from control of governments or corporate entities. The number 1 clause for the Digital Magna Carta reads:
“The Web we want will not let companies pay to control it, and not let governments restrict our right to information.”
The project, called My Digital Rights is due to align with the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta (June 15, 1215) and the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web.
“The project was conceived to encourage young people to think about issues of privacy, access and freedom, raised by Magna Carta, in the digital age,” says Sarah Shaw, the British Library’s project manager of the Magna Carta.
— British Council (@BritishCouncil) June 15, 2015