Usually at this time of year we publish a letter to mark the anniversary of the web’s invention, reflecting on its role in our world and the tech challenges and opportunities we face. But these are not normal times. Alongside the rest of the world, we have been watching Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with despair as a humanitarian and political crisis unfolds.
This is where our attention is focused just now, and we expect you too are thinking about those facing extreme hardship in Ukraine and the many people across the world affected by conflict. For this reason, we have decided to postpone this year’s birthday letter and instead make a donation to support independent journalism in Ukraine. Reliable, accurate information will be especially critical during this war and it’s vital that rigorous, independent journalists are supported to do their work.
We’re also donating to the following causes, and, if you’re able, we would encourage you to support in any way you can:
Make a donation
Ukrainian Red Cross | Providing emergency aid to all those in need
Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights | Supporting women and LGBTQI+ people in and around Ukraine
Voices of Children | Helping children in Ukraine affected by conflict
Other ways to help
@RazomForUkraine has created a list of actions you can take, from contacting elected officials and attending events, to volunteering your skills.
Support Ukraine Now has curated country-specific ways to help for 32 countries.
Two years ago, as the Covid-19 virus was spreading throughout the world, we wrote that the web is a lifeline in times of crisis. The same is true now as Ukraine comes under attack. The web has helped to inspire resistance and assist fact-checkers to debunk war propaganda, to help people navigate to safety and find places to stay, to keep families and friends connected, and to enable others across the region and beyond to stand in solidarity and provide support. These scenes are yet another reminder of why we must nurture and protect a safe, empowering web for everyone.
Rosemary Leith and Tim Berners-Lee
Co-founders, World Wide Web Foundation
Tim Berners-Lee, our co-founder, gave the web to the world for free, but fighting for it comes at a cost. Please support our work to build a safe, empowering web for everyone.