Establishing the open Web as a basic right and a public good.

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Ensuring everyone can access all of the Internet, all of the time.

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Expanding Access

Ensuring everyone can access all of the Internet, all of the time.

Expanding Access

Ensuring everyone can access all of the Internet, all of the time.

60% of the world’s people are still not connected to the Internet — the majority of them women and people living in poverty. We believe lack of income shouldn’t prevent anyone from getting online. We lead the Alliance for Affordable Internet, a multi-stakeholder coalition pushing for policy reforms that will make fast, reliable Internet affordable and accessible to all.

Given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all States.

UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue, 2011.

 

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Fighting for your rights to freedom of expression and privacy online.

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Raising Voices

Fighting for your rights to freedom of expression and privacy online.

Raising Voices

Fighting for your rights to freedom of expression and privacy online.

The Web gives voice to billions, levelling the playing field and allowing ordinary people to speak truth to power. But through increasing censorship and surveillance, some governments are taking these freedoms away from us. Some companies are abusing our personal data, or trying to build “fast lanes” for their favoured content. Unchecked harassment has a chilling effect on women’s rights online. We make our voice heard on the most important issues – and connect and amplify local campaigns for laws that will keep the Web open, free, and secure for all of us. Our policy research tracks the issues and enables more informed dialogue between policymakers, companies and activists.

The Web is now a public resource on which people, businesses, communities and governments depend. It is vital to democracy and now more critical to free expression than any other medium.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, 2014.

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Democratising the world’s information through open data.

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Enhancing Participation

Democratising the world’s information through open data.

Enhancing Participation

Democratising the world’s information through open data.

In a well-functioning democratic society, citizens need to know what government is doing. Yet, our research shows that only 8% of countries provide unfettered online access to vital datasets on public spending, procurement, and the performance of health and education services. We want everyone to be able to access, understand, and use data to change their society for the better. We’re working to spark an open data revolution that will create opportunities for small business and entrepreneurs, drive innovation in public services, and fight secrecy and corruption, in developing and developed economies alike.

It is important that efforts to open up data and information are meaningful and lead to real change.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

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