Principles for a Contract for the Web

The web was designed to bring people together and make knowledge freely available. Everyone has a role to play to ensure the web serves humanity. By committing to the following principles, governments, companies and citizens around the world can help protect the open web as a public good and a basic right for everyone.

The Contract Principles are available to read in Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, Nederlands, Português and عربى.

Governments will

Ensure everyone can connect to the internet
So that anyone, no matter who they are or where they live, can participate actively online.

Keep all of the internet available, all of the time
So that no one is denied their right to full internet access.

Respect people’s fundamental right to privacy
So everyone can use the internet freely, safely and without fear.

Companies will

Make the internet affordable and accessible to everyone
So that no one is excluded from using and shaping the web.

Respect consumers’ privacy and personal data
So people are in control of their lives online.

Develop technologies that support the best in humanity and challenge the worst
So the web really is a public good that puts people first.

Citizens will

Be creators and collaborators on the web
So the web has rich and relevant content for everyone.

Build strong communities that respect civil discourse and human dignity
So that everyone feels safe and welcome online.

Fight for the web
So the web remains open and a global public resource for people everywhere, now and in the future.

We commit to uphold these principles and to engage in a deliberative process to build a full “Contract for the Web”, which will set out the roles and responsibilities of governments, companies and citizens. The challenges facing the web today are daunting and affect us in all our lives, not just when we are online. But if we work together and each of us takes responsibility for our actions, we can protect a web that truly is for everyone.

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What happens next?

These principles show the ambition we have for a web that serves humanity. Those who back the principles will have the opportunity to shape the ‘full’ contract through a collaborative process with governments, companies, and individual web users negotiating specific actions to be taken by each party to help us realise that ambition. Our intention is for the full Contract for the Web to be a strong mechanism for each party to be held accountable for doing their part to build an open and free web.

Questions? Email contract@webfoundation.org


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