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Covid-19 Highlights Need for Web Access as Basic Right

August 18, 2020
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To Tim Berners-Lee, the ongoing global pandemic has further highlighted the need for ordinary citizens to push towards ending the digital divide. 

Part of the Internet Hall of Fame’s inaugural class, Berners-Lee is the founder of the World Wide Web and wrote the first web client and server. 

In a column recently published by The Guardian, Berners-Lee reiterated his belief that his creation is meant for everyone’s use and that public investment is critical to facilitate that goal. 

He writes: “As Covid-19 forces huge change to our lives, we have an opportunity for big, bold action that recognizes that, as with electricity in the last century and postal services before that, the web is an essential utility that governments and business should combine to deliver as a basic right."