In this edition of The Web Untangled, our monthly series dedicated to unpacking issues core to digital access and rights, we look resolutions we all can make in 2020 to fight for the web we want.
2019. A year that saw big tech slapped with record fines for privacy violations, a global decline in internet freedom, a slowdown in the rate of people coming online and a widening digital gender gap.
This isn’t the web we want.
The web we want is safe and empowering for everyone. It protects our rights and offers a space for us to express ourselves creatively and fearlessly. It is inclusive and affordable for all.
So how do we get there?
As we head into 2020, here are some New Year’s resolutions we can all take to bring us closer to the web we want.
1. Back the Contract for the Web
2. Get smart about online safety 🔐
With privacy scandals and data breaches dominating the headlines, what’s an average web user to do?
3. Don’t feed the trolls 👹
.ORG — the online home for nonprofits — is at risk. A proposed sale to a private equity firm could mean huge price hikes for domain names and censorship of nonprofit voices.
Do your part to #SaveDotOrg by signing Electronic Frontier Foundation’s petition urging Internet Society to stop the sale.
5. Give the gift of privacy 🎁
6. Fix the glitch to end online abuse
Harassment and abuse are raging online — and women and girls are disproportionately affected.
Glitch empowers women with digital self-defence training and equips web users with tools to take action against online abuse. See how you can be part of the solution.
7. Take back your data
Companies are tracking your every move online.
8. Unleash your creative side 🎨
Our co-founder and web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee imagined the web as an open space for collaboration, creativity and innovation.
Help fulfil Sir Tim’s original vision by trying your hand at creating web apps using Glitch’s simple tools.
9. Think before you share
I also want you to be cautious and critical about what you are absorbing from what you see on the Web. I want you to question the source of information you are seeing, and nurture and respect truthful information sources. When you see something, how you react is important.
– Sir Tim Berners-Lee
10. Take action on global digital gender equality
Men are 24.8% more likely to have access to the internet than women.
EQUALS — the global partnership to bridge this gender digital divide — gathered initiatives working to make our online world more inclusive in an interactive action map. Find a project near you.
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