The world wide web founder has personally designed the document which places the onus of responsibility on internet firms to respect the data privacy of their users in response to a succession of scandals and the mushrooming of fake news, hate speech and trolling.
In extracts of an address to the Web Summit tech conference in Lisbon, Berners-Lee wrote: “Those of us who are online are seeing our rights and freedoms threatened. We need a new contract for the web, with clear and tough responsibilities for those who have the power to make it better.”
Currently a set of high-level aspirations for a ‘free and open web’ but these will be further refined to provide a set of detailed standards in consultation with government and industry.
Berners-Lee has previously described 'unethical' online political advertising as one of the greatest threats posed by the internet.