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Web Foundation · November 5, 2018

The free and open web faces real challenges. More than half the world’s population still can’t get online. For the other half, the web’s benefits come with too many risks: to our privacy, our democracy, our rights. That’s why we’re launching a global campaign to connected everyone to a web that works for people.

Our founder and web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee launched the campaign today at the Web Summit in Lisbon, announcing a new “Contract for the Web”. He shared starter principles for the contract, defining responsibilities that governments, companies and citizens each have to create a better web.

Now we’re calling for people to support these principles and get involved in a process to build them into a full Contract for the Web that will be published in May 2019 — the “50/50 moment” when more than half the world’s population will be online.

Speaking from the Web Summit, Berners-Lee said:

“The web is at a crucial point. More than half the world’s population remains offline, and the rate of new people getting connected is slowing. Those of us who are online are seeing our rights and freedoms threatened. We need a new Contract for the Web, with clear and tough responsibilities for those who have the power to make it better. I hope more people will join us to build the web we want.”

The Contract for the Web launched with high-level backing from over 50 organisations, including the French government, civil society organisations such as Access Now, Internet Sans Frontières, Project Isizwe, NewNow and the Digital Empowerment Foundation, as well as companies including Google, AnchorFree, Facebook and Cloudflare.

The push comes amid a growing awareness of the risks posed by digital technologies. We launched a report, The Case for the Web, as part of our campaign, outlining the urgent action needed to tackle these risks, covering issues including hate speech, data privacy, political manipulation and the centralisation of power online among a small group of companies. The report reveals that more than 1.5 billion people live in countries with no comprehensive law on personal data protection, leaving them particularly vulnerable to increasingly common incidents involving breaches of personal data.

Adrian Lovett, Web Foundation President & CEO said:

“For three decades we’ve seen the tremendous good that the web can deliver. As we work to expand its benefits to everyone, we need to make sure the web serves humanity, not the other way round. This can’t be accomplished by any one company or country alone. It’ll take all of us — debating, negotiating and collaborating to shape a better web.”

The ambition to build a Contract for the Web recognises that the challenges facing the web demand commitments from a range of actors, from the companies building web technologies to the policymakers defining laws and regulations, and the billions of people using the web every day.

You can join our campaign #ForTheWeb by signing up to back the Contract Principles at fortheweb.webfoundation.org.

If you would like to sign on behalf of your organisation or governments, please contact us at contract@webfoundation.org.


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  1. Robert Rath

    November 6, 2018

    This has promise.

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    1. Dieter BICKEL

      November 7, 2018

      I think, that this is a necessary initiative. How can we support it?

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      1. Kerstin Kis Tatjana Eckardt

        November 8, 2018

        Since 1985 I'm researching in the scope of building a world wide network.A part of my technologies I named UD (Universal Directory), UC (Universal Currency) and UF (Universal File System).In the past 33 years nobody understood the necessity of those technologies.Now I'd like to cooperate with Tim Berrners Lee directly for the purpose of knowledge exchange.

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        1. philip Marcus

          November 8, 2018

          IMO...The NWO and the Globalist SM Giants are now forwarding an Orwellian Big Brother type of Censorship, to control what we read, see, hear, write, and want to get to the point where they control what we think. Their collective influence was blatant during the Midterm Elections in the US, they, trying to stifle the Conservative voice, Spreading only what they thought the mass's should know, or leaving out essential information so that the citizens could make informed decisions. The reason they were allowed to get away with this, was because they used the excuse that they the SM Giants are private companies and can control everything that comes in and goes out from their services. I DISSAGREE 100% if you provide a platform of communication on the bases that you are promoting free speech and the public uses that platform for that purpose to express themselves then you become public domain ,and therefore censorship should and must be illegal, especially in the US.I SINCERLY BELIEVE THAT THESE SM GIANTS FACE BOOK, GOOGLE, YOU TUBE TWITTER AND THE LIKE must be and should broken up as per anti trust in favor of providers who believe in 100% free speech, no matter how abrasive or volatile. this after all is communication at its finest. Throttling free speech is in essence stunting the human desire to be heard, to understood to beshared, and any company who thinks they no better than the individual is criminal, and almost Sociopathic in its implication.

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