Contract for the Web

Mass media communication outlets are used to store & deliver information or data, such as print media, publishing, the news media, photography, cinema, broadcasting (radio & television), & advertising & are undergoing significant changes as a result of technology innovation. These rapidly evolving & increasingly powerful technologies, when recognized as tools, can greatly augment our experience of the world & encourage greater prosperity for all life. What we do with this potential & how we extend our efforts to work together is what will determine the direction of the human story.

An enormous amount of data is created each day on the internet & although content can be deleted much can be retrieved leaving a digital trace of a person or group's interactions. Big data is the field that treats ways to analyze, systematically extract information from, or otherwise, deal with these data sets that are too large or complex to be dealt with by traditional data-processing application software.

With exponentially increasing amounts of data & rapid transformation across knowledge & communication industries, the World Wide Web Foundation launched the Contract for the Web initiative in November 2019 to attempt to address issues of political manipulation, fake news, privacy violations, & other malign forces on the internet.

The plan outlines nine central principles, three each directed at governments, companies & individuals to make commitments to protecting the web from abuse & ensuring it benefits humanity. The initiative is the product of work for more than a year by over 80 people drawn from government, businesses & the general public. The commitment when endorsing the Contract for the Web as an individual or on behalf of an organization is understood to be non-binding.


For governments:

  • Ensure everyone can connect to the internet.

  • Keep all of the internet available, all of the time.

  • Respect & protect people’s fundamental online privacy & data rights.

For companies:

  • Make the internet affordable & accessible to everyone.

  • Respect & protect people’s privacy & personal data to build online trust.

  • Develop technologies that support the best in humanity & challenge the worst.

For citizens:

  • Be creators & collaborators on the Web.

  • Build strong communities that respect civil discourse & human dignity.

  • Fight for the Web.


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