In a low key ceremony, the Internet Foundation today recognised the achievements of Barry Jones from Swansea by making him the first person to be awarded Freedom of the Internet. Mr Jones, who has not left his flat in Swansea since 1998, was mildly pleased with the accolade which was conferred via Skype.
"With Freeman status, Mr Jones will be able to access a wide range of sites and services that are not available to the common man", said Internet Foundation President Robert Martin. "For instance, he can see Google doodles before they are released, comment of Facebook upgrades before they go public and mess about with that Twitter bird."
Barry Jones has gained fame in his native Swansea through his vigorous Wikipedia corrections campaigns and he holds the world record for the elimination of false entries from the global encyclopaedia. A celebrated pedant, Mr Jones has also acted as the self appointed apostrophe corrector on the BBC News website and recently gained prominence for hacking into the Fox News website to 'improve' the quality of its news stories.
"To be honest, I don't think it will make much difference", said a bemused Mr Jones in his acceptance speech, "but if it means I can launch my Angry Birds across any website, that could be somewhat interesting."
In what they insist is a non related development, America's National Security Agency (NSA today issued an urgent warrant seeking the arrest of Mr Jones. "Freedom is only freedom, when we say so", declared NSA Operations Director Chuck Smithson III.