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Contract for the Web: It took all of us to build the web that we have. It will take all of us to secure its future

Half of the world's population, shockingly, are still unable to get online. The other half of the population, the web comes with far too many risks to our privacy, democracy, health and security. But, it's not all doom and gloom. Contract for the Web have a global plan of action to make our online world safe and empowering for everyone.

Here's what they have to say:

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.

Now for the first time ever, we have a global plan of action — the Contract for the Web — created by experts and citizens from across the world to make sure our online world is safe, empowering and genuinely for everyone. We invite governments, companies, civil society organizations and individuals to back the Contract and uphold its principles and clauses.

The Contract for the Web will become a strong mechanism for each party to be held accountable for doing their part to build an open and free web.

Endorse the Contract for the Web


Written by 80+ experts with input from hundreds of individuals, the Contract for the Web provides a shared global plan to protect a free and open web that works for the public good.

Join us to fight for the web we want by endorsing the Contract as an individual or on behalf of your organisation.

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