This group had the task of defining and agreeing upon a set of ambitious and yet actionable set of commitments that fell under the following Contract principles:

  • Principle 7: [Citizens will] “Be creators and collaborators on the web. So the web has rich and relevant content for everyone.”
  • Principle 8: [Citizens will] “Build strong communities that respect civil discourse and human dignity. So that everyone feels safe and welcome online.”
  • Principle 9: [Citizens will] “Fight for the web. So the web remains open and a global public resource for people everywhere, now and in the future.”

This Working Group aimed to develop the steps that citizens can take towards creating a healthier internet. The web has become a cornerstone of twenty-first century social, political and economic life. How can we create an ecosystem that sees web users as creators and consumers? How do we build communities with strong social norms that inspire people to defend those norms on and offline? What types of participatory mechanisms should be in place to ensure people can engage with companies and governments on the policies that govern these spaces?

Group Members

Chair: The NewNow – Team coordinated by Sharon Johnson and including Taylor Wilson, Abdelaziz Alhamza and Roya Mahboob
Co-Chair: Teddy Woodhouse, Web Foundation

(participants in alphabetical order)

  • Andrew Steel, Veritas Traducción y Comunicación, SL
  • Auska Ovando, Fundación Ciudadanía Inteligente (Smart Citizenship Foundation)
  • Aya Chebbi, African Union Youth Envoy
  • Barrack Otienlo, Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet)
  • Colombina Schaeffer, Fundación Ciudadanía Inteligente (Smart Citizenship Foundation)
  • Helen Milner, Good Things Foundation
  • Iñaki Fernandez Fernandez, IthilStudios
  • Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft
  • Jamal Edwards, Microsoft
  • Kirsten Rulf, Government of Germany
  • Lillian Nalwoga, CIPESA
  • Marie-Claire Forgue, W3C
  • Michael Best, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Mitzi László, Solid/Inrupt
  • Nandini Chami, IT for Change
  • Nick Pickles, Twitter
  • Racheal Nakitare, International Association of Women in Radio and Television
  • Renata Avila, Fundación Ciudadanía Inteligente (Smart Citizenship Foundation)
  • Salome Azevedo, Patient Innovation
  • Tony Kyriakidis, Nevron
  • Wendy Hanamura, The Internet Archive
  • Will Usdin, Google
  • TBC – YouTube