The Web was designed to bring people together and make knowledge freely available. It has changed the world for good and improved the lives of billions. Yet, many people are still unable to access its benefits and, for others, the Web comes with too many unacceptable costs.
Everyone has a role to play in safeguarding the future of the Web. The Contract for the Web was created by representatives from over 80 organizations, representing governments, companies and civil society, and sets out commitments to guide digital policy agendas. To achieve the Contract’s goals, governments, companies, civil society and individuals must commit to sustained policy development, advocacy, and implementation of the Contract text.
This is part of my “maiki reads up on what folks are doing to the web” kick lately. See The Mozilla Manifesto for more fun.
This is broken into 9 principles, here’s a great rundown, from Contract for the Web - Wikipedia
Contract for the web indicates principles 1 to 3 are for governments, 4 to 6 are for companies, and 7 to 9 are for citizens:
- “Ensure everyone can connect to the internet”.
- “Keep all of the internet available, all of the time”.
- “Respect and protect people’s fundamental online privacy and data rights”.
- “Make the internet affordable and accessible to everyone”.
- “Respect and protect people’s privacy and personal data to build online trust”.
- “Develop technologies that support the best in humanity and challenge the worst”.
- “Be creators and collaborators on the Web”.
- “Build strong communities that respect civil discourse and human dignity”.
- “Fight for the Web”.
On the document’s website they provide details for each principle, so we’ll be reading those over the next few weeks.
Now… about this website…