Contract for the Web is an initiative by the World Wide Web Foundation in November 2019 to attempt to address issues of political manipulation, fake news, privacy violations, and other malign forces on the internet.
The plan outlines nine central principles, three each directed at governments, companies and individuals. It was launched 25 November 2019 by Tim Berners-Lee of the World Wide Web Foundation, before the start of the UN Internet Governance Forum meeting in Berlin.
Endorsing governments, companies and individuals make commitments to protecting the web from abuse and ensuring it benefits humanity.
Principles of the Contract for the Web
- “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”.