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Web inventor: Internet is a 'basic human right'

The computer scientist who created the World Wide Web believes everyone should have equal access.

Nearly 4.4 billion people, primarily from developing countries, can't get online, according to the Web Index. And half of internet users live in countries that limit their rights online, The Associated Press reports.

"It's time to recognize the internet as a basic human right," Tim Berners-Lee said Thursday. "That means guaranteeing affordable access for all, ensuring internet packets are delivered without commercial or political discrimination, and protecting the privacy and freedom of web users regardless of where they live."