Constella Intelligence is proud to announce that it has become a signatory to the Contract for the Web, the first-ever global action plan to make sure our online world is safe, empowering, and genuinely for everyone. This global action plan was launched by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, also known as the “father of the web”, and the World Wide Web Foundation on the premise that the Web was designed to bring people together and make knowledge freely available. Having changed the world for good and improved the lives of billions, many people are still unable to access its benefits and, for others, the Web comes with too many unacceptable costs. At the heart of the Contract is a fundamental understanding that everyone has a role to play in safeguarding the future of the Web and an initiative to encourage the necessary steps to improve the state of the internet through the collective participation of key stakeholders.
Senior Policy Manager at the Web Foundation, Iris Boyer, offered a comment on Constella’s endorsement of the Contract for the Web:
“Two years ago we set out principles for what a better web would look like. Since then, together with experts across the world, we’ve built a shared vision of the web we want and a roadmap for action, which has been backed by thousands of organisations and individuals. We’re thrilled to have the endorsement of Constella Intelligence as we move into the next phase of the project where we’ll work together with the Contract community to help them meet their commitments and build momentum towards a safe and empowering online world for everyone.”
The Contract for the Web was created by representatives from over 80 organizations, representing governments, companies, and civil society. Further, the Contract includes organizations such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Microsoft, among several others, and sets out commitments to guide digital policy agendas. The following principles outlined in the Contract are divided among responsibilities corresponding to Governments, Companies, and 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 communities that respect civil discourse and human dignity
- Fight for the Web
Read the full text of the World Wide Web Foundation’s Contract for the Web. To stay updated on the work of the Web Foundation and the progress of initiatives associated with the Contract, check out ContractForTheWeb.org.