Building a Magna Carta for the digital age

In 2015, young people across the globe co-created a Magna Carta for the digital age and we invited the general public to vote for their favourite clause as we celebrated the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web. Voting has now closed, but watch this film to find out more about the project.

The text in this article is available under the Creative Commons License.

Explore further

Related videos


Access online: an introduction

How important is it to have access to the internet, and what are the problems that stand in the way of this? - video


Freedom online: an introduction

How do we protect the right to free speech and what are the issues that we face doing so? - video


Privacy online: an introduction

Does everyone have the right to protect their privacy online? - video

What is Magna Carta?

What is Magna Carta?

Narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, this animation takes you back to medieval England to explore the tyranny of King John, the frustrations of the barons and the significance of the charter’s original clauses. - video

Related articles

We we need a MCDR

Why do we need a Magna Carta for the digital age?

A short article by Anne Jellema, the CEO of the World Wide Web Foundation, exploring why we need to have a Magna Carta for the digital age.

GCHQ article

Finding the balance: liberty and privacy

Professor Sir David Omand, former Permanent Secretary of the Home Office and Director of GCHQ, describes the challenges that our security services face in the digital age.