The inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee has called for a bill of rights that would guarantee the independence of the internet and ensure users' privacy. The statement was made by the inventor at the "Web We Want" festival as concerns over privacy and freedom on the internet continue to increase.

Incidents such as the revelation of mass government monitoring of online activity in the US and the ruling by the European Union to allow individuals the right to be forgotten have sparked concerns over censorship.

Berners-Lee commented 'If a company can control your access to the internet, if they can control which websites they go to, then they have tremendous control over your life… suddenly the power to abuse the open internet has become so tempting for government and big companies'.