Announced at Web Summit 2018 in Lisbon by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the Contract for the Web serves one key purpose - to ensure that the web serves humanity. The web is something to benefit the world, not destroy it.
From the opening speech delivered by the awesome Sir Tim Berners-Lee, there was a clear indication that, as expected, web security and ethics would be high on the Web Summit topic list. Sir Tim's vision is for everybody involved in digital activities to sign and shape the "Contract for the Web". This is a move to rebuild trust on a global scale.
Sir Tim re-iterated his desire the following day on the Forum stage at Web Summit. Clear on his thoughts for a new contract for the web to rebuild the world's trust in web and online activity in general - Governments, Companies and Citizens around the world are signing up to make this happen.
We have all seen many issues in the news, from the abuse of personal data, political manipulation and online hate content through to the monopolisation of power shared amongst a small number of major tech firms - now is the time to change the digital landscape.
To ensure we have a web that serves humanity, the Contract for the Web will be shaped to ensure trust plays a key role in our future. The 9 main principles of the Contract for the Web to follow are broken down between Governments, Companies and Citizens:
"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."
"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."
"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."
THE CONTRACT FOR THE WEB - WORLD WIDE WEB FOUNDATION
As a digital web and marketing agency, we are very passionate about the online safety of our clients and their customers.
The falling trust in the security of digital online data was echoed throughout WebSummit and was also discussed by Christopher Wylie during an interview on stage with Krishnan Guru-Murthy. The Cambridge Analytica whistleblower covered everything - from a distinct lack of data security and industry regulation through to the lack of web knowledge held by top government officials.
If the world's governments don't understand what the web is, then how can they regulate it? The obvious answer is for everyone to work together to create a safer, more trustworthy World Wide Web that can be accessed across the world. This is what the Contract For The Web is all about.
With so much focus on the security of individual and company data across the globe, now is the time to force a change. The more governments, companies and citizens who sign up to the Contract for the Web, the more voices will be heard in shaping the future of our online world. Let's make digital accessible and safe for all!