Announcing the Web We Want
Dillon Mann · December 5, 2013
“Millions of people together have made the Web great. So, during the Web’s 25th birthday year in 2014, millions of people can secure the Web’s future. We must not let anybody – governments, companies or individuals – take away or try to control the precious space we’ve gained on the Web to create, communicate, and collaborate freely.”
This was the message from Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founding director of the World Wide Web Foundation, as he addressed a UN gathering in Geneva today. Sir Tim used his address to unveil a new campaign – the Web We Want. During the Web’s 25th birthday in 2014, the Web We Want campaign will to ask everyone, everywhere to play a part in defining the Web’s future, and then help to build and defend it. Ultimately, the Web We Want campaign hopes to see people’s online rights on a free, open and truly global web protected by law in every country.
This global initiative is co-ordinated by the World Wide Web Foundation and Free Press. More information is available at www.webwewant.org.
V. Selva Raj
December 16, 2013
I am so happy to come across your website and its founder Rt Hon Gentleman Sir Tim Berners - Lee. After post independence India nearly 66 years, the country is still going back to stone age vis-a-vis, the neighbouring country China manifold development in all aspects of human spirit except for belligerant attitude of forcible occupation of its neighbour's land and also threatening countries like Formosa ot its independence soverignty and also agressive attitude in South China see threatening Japan as well.
January 14, 2014
Truly, truly, conditionally and unconditionally, this means beauty. As an untypical Web user, or somebody who hardly ever uses the World Wide Web, I can still define this movement as something simply amazing! Hopefully, whoever is reading this text among this server (whether a user or an employee of this foundation) will find this comment somewhat meaningful. For the whole society of which I'm sadly surrounded by is a society that sees the Web as a direct synonym for the Internet. Yet again, that's probably the society you're currently in too. But not only are they sickly mistaking the two concepts for something they're not, they also happen to be mistreating the Web as well. And when I say; "they" I mean the modern day youth. The minute one sees a desktop or a laptop, the vision of Bing, Facebook, Google, YouTube, and even PornHub.com pop right into their adolescent minds. It’s a bittersweet addiction that has flipped the revolution of the Web into something hideous that’s mainly run a younger generation. Although, it wouldn’t be a revolution if there wasn’t an ugly side to it. And it’s not always the idea of cyberbullying, hacking, viruses, fake identification, and other black episodes that flip our digital atmosphere around, but the fat cats themselves. Governments and commercial (and uncommercial) corporations have always been a disadvantage behind the freedom of the medium. Radio, Cinema, Television, Newspaper, Telephone, Books, you get the idea. Any technology where information can be given or communicated through is a red light for an authority. Now, our one and only Web happens to be the newest victim. The modern world is filled with webbies, or people that can live with out using Tim’s artwork. It’s also filled by people who work off the Web, so why take away this legendary experience they have? Why should our children create or be apart of a deformed vision? Tim, if you’re reading this text at the moment, please know that there’s an artistry behind the World Wide Web. And know that this foundation is worth carrying out the vision to save the ideas that helped smother the earth in 0’s & 1’s. This comment wouldn’t be possible without you…
March 12, 2014
Thank you for this campaign. I agree wholeheartedly with this vision. It is a shame, but without this type of lobbying there is erosion of accessibility, freedom, equality and privacy.
November 20, 2014
We, the delegates to the Durban University of Technology Generation Open Symposium held on 21 October 2014, make the following contribution to the crowdsourcing call made by Sir Tim Berners-Lee to create a Magna Carta for the Web: We subscribe to the ideal of a Web which is a good basis for democracy and which resists balkanisation/fragmentation in the face of current concerns about surveillance. Yet we do want a Web that is safe for all: safe from intrusion, obstruction, manipulation and political interference. We expect a Web with “net neutrality” giving every user equal access to the bandwidth and ease of use available to big business and to governments. We also want an open Web which allows and promotes free expression and sharing of information and knowledge, but which protects personal privacy and curbs hate speech and child pornography. We want a Web that opens up and extends access to knowledge to the whole world population.