www foundation

www foundation

from about page:

Connecting People. Empowering Humanity.

The World Wide Web Foundation was established in 2009 by Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee to tackle the fundamental obstacles to realizing his vision of an open Web available, usable, and valuable for everyone.

The Web is the most powerful tool for communication in the history of humanity, creating the potential for all people to participate in building a more peaceful and equitable world.

However, only a small minority of people – mainly urban, male, and affluent – are part of the Web’s global conversation. Despite the recent surge in mobile internet access, nearly two-thirds of the world’s people (mostly in the developing world) are still not connected at all. And once connected, what people are able to do on and with the Web is increasingly threatened by government controls, as well as by certain commercial practices.

We seek to establish the open Web as a global public good and a basic right, ensuring that everyone can access and use it freely.

The foundation is unendowed and relies on charitable donations and partnerships to carry out its work. A registered charity in Switzerland and the USA, we have offices in Washington DC, Geneva, and Cape Town.

Our success will be measured by how well we foster the creativity of our children. Whether future scientists have the tools to cure diseases. Whether people, in developed and developing economies alike, can distinguish reliable information from propaganda or commercial chaff. Whether the next generation will build systems that support democracy and promote accountable debate. I hope that you will join this global effort to advance the Web to empower people.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web,

Founder of the World Wide Web Foundation. 
Tim Berners-Lee
on board of directors for us: April Rinne
Tim’s keynote at netmundial april 2014:
1:00 – let’s think about the planet as a whole. …
1:01 – we need internet government that allows each community to bring particular strengths to the table but that doesn’t allow any one of them to elevate it’s own interest above the public good
1st mundial mtg aug 2014:
Tim starts at 31:45
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We’re looking for an exceptional leader who can drive our work on digital equality as CEO. Know anyone? Details: waldronhr.com/searches/world…

to advance the open Web as a public good and a basic right.

perhaps don’t need a leader to drive work (ceo.. strategy..

This is an exciting opportunity for a leader to further professionalize a well-functioning and respected organization, building on a firm foundation that includes a strong reputation, senior leaders who are highly regarded in the field, a professional and high-performing staff, an engaged and prestigious board, committed funders, and a recently developed strategic plan.

The incoming CEO will have an opportunity to shape the Web Foundation’s next stage of growth and impact, partnering with the board and staff to refine and execute WF’s strategic plan in support of its mission and theory of change. Critical to this effort will be to devise and execute a strategy to build long-term operational funding support to meet present needs while allowing for flexibility to incubate innovative programs. The CEO will network with supporters and other stakeholders to represent the Web Foundation and its issue areas in a broad range of public and private arenas, in person and online.

The Web Foundation is a truly global organization. The incoming CEO will need to be adept at managing a diverse staff – and partnering with board members – all of whom are living and working in numerous locations around the world. In addition, this individual must be a leader who can authentically speak with and for partners and stakeholders throughout the global South as well as in the global North.

key priorities

Take WF to the Next Level

..development of thoughtful and innovative ways to measure outcomes that will lead to long-term impact. …aligns with WF’s values, mission, and theory of change.

perhaps measuring things is keeping us from – advancing web as open/public

Establish Long-Term Funding

..securing project funding, multi-year unrestricted funding will enable the organization to be more innovative and nimble in piloting new programs around the globe, and to invest further in vital areas such as communications and organizational development.

imagine a nother way were money/funding is irrelevant

Strategically Leverage Board & Key Stakeholders

..a strategic view as to the strengths each partner organization brings to different aspects of the broad work of digital inclusion and digital citizenship, and related fields.

perhaps we do this for 7 bn instead of a few

The Ideal Candidate

..The ideal candidate is an experienced CEO with demonstrated skill in board development, governance, fundraising, and fiscal management. …

really..? maybe those things are very things keeping web from being web

A strong commitment to the vision of founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee is an essential success factor in this role.

this.. just do this.. no? www ness

..The ideal candidate is a charismatic communicator who can speak passionately and knowledgably about the issues of digital inclusion and digital democracy in large groups and one-on-one, with the broadest conceivable range of stakeholders.

unless what we need more is another way modeled.. rather than ie: a great speaker..

drucker right thing law

Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience in leading, scaling, and implementing significant transformational change within a global or multi-site organization. Related experience includes using high-level strategy to clarify program and operational priorities, as well as to develop appropriate evaluation methods to assess impact and success. Meanwhile, the incoming CEO must be resourceful and able to thrive in a “start-up” environment with minimal support systems


Candidates must have a minimum of 10 years of leadership experience, with a proven track record of success within a highly networked global organization. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree in a relevant field is strongly preferred. Outstanding verbal and written communications skills are essential to be an outgoing spokesperson and fundraiser as well as leader to a diverse and global staff.

again.. what if all these are keeping  us blind to the means to…

advance the open Web as a public good and a basic right.

The location for this position is expected to be London, Boston, or Washington DC. Frequent global travel to visit regional offices and for partner meetings is also required.

perhaps less: prof/strategic/fund/manage/degree

more: a nother way


The Web Foundation (@webfoundation) tweeted at 10:05 AM – 29 Jun 2017 :

We fight for digital equality #ForEveryone. Watch our new video to find out more. https://t.co/qYef5Fta0c(http://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/880457142528028672?s=17)

web #ForEveryone

algebra as equity
missing it


jul 2017 – documentary – for everyone dot net


Cory – letter to w3c [https://www.w3.org/Consortium/] from eff

“Effective today, @EFF is resigning from the W3C.” – https://t.co/dK8reQOfzg good to see someone has principles #DRM; time to boycott @W3C?

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/glynmoody/status/909854011951599616


The Web Foundation (@webfoundation) tweeted at 6:31 AM – 20 Sep 2017 :

‘There are no clear ethical guidelines to prevent #AI from accidentally harming people’ https://t.co/bCAsTmKzKq | @WIRED (http://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/910481507566915584?s=17)

try gershenfeld sel

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way



Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/doctorow/status/910895078524076032


The Web Foundation (@webfoundation) tweeted at 4:33 AM – 11 Sep 2018 :
Is #data the new oil? Risk analyst Dante Disparte explains why this oft-made comparison lacks imagination — and accuracy in @Forbes: https://t.co/AjvJBzBiA1 (http://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1039461838046547968?s=17)

what we’re calling data lacks imagination – and accuracy

ie: like data on whales at sea world

try self-talk as data


The Web Foundation (@webfoundation) tweeted at 6:29 AM – 13 Feb 2019 :
“Digital exclusion” doesn’t only mean there is no infrastructure to get online. It can simply mean that the high cost of data sets the bar to access the web impossibly high. We must make sure the web works for everyone; read about the #ForTheWeb campaign: https://t.co/btxHvenWZghttps://t.co/y0O6qFR6gK (http://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1095676372389978112?s=17)

berners-lee everyone law


The Web Foundation (@webfoundation) tweeted at 6:35 AM – 14 Feb 2019 :
We produce more data than ever before. We can ensure that everyone’s personal #datarights are protected. A Contract #ForTheWeb that defines the ethics of data use is critical for the web’s future. Read about the #ForTheWeb campaign ➡️ https://t.co/EL4YSKtW8Ehttps://t.co/AV5jT1VnNv (http://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1096040131625127936?s=17)

perhaps more critical for web’s/humanity’s/world’s future is what data we focus on rather than trying to protect/contract it

perhaps we focus on ie: self-talk as data


The Web Foundation (@webfoundation) tweeted at 6:25 AM – 19 Feb 2019 :
Billions of us connect on social media. We need to build a Contract #ForTheWeb, that makes our data privacy a priority, ensuring citizens are not treated as a product. https://t.co/EL4YSKtW8E https://t.co/NpqfUPUNpO (http://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1097849776014532608?s=17)

we need to build an infra #fortheweb that makes data privacy irrelevant
ie: 2 convers as infra.. (using diff data via gershenfeld something else law)


The Web Foundation (@webfoundation) tweeted at 6:07 AM – 2 May 2019 :
AI can be used to cross language barriers & open information/public discourse on taboo subjects @nnenna discusses automated language facilitation ^IB #WorldPressFreedomDay #WPFD2019 (http://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1123921839133286400?s=17)

ie: listen to and facil idio-jargon

tech as it could be..

2 convers as infra


The Web Foundation (@webfoundation) tweeted at 4:16 AM – 7 Jun 2019 :
How can the public sector, private sector & civil society work together to realise the potential of digital technologies?
Join Monday’s conversation with
▪️@AlibabaGroup’s Jack Ma
https://t.co/zWMHd4EOHO (http://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1136939858461544448?s=17)

augment interconnectedness

2 convers as infra


The Web Foundation (@webfoundation) tweeted at 6:25 AM – 23 Jul 2019 :
Over 8,000 individuals pledged their support for the Contract #ForTheWeb principles.
Now we have a working draft and need your input as we work to build a better web.

Read the draft  https://t.co/IltoGAvwZR
️ Have your say  https://t.co/7KKjAqSXhZhttps://t.co/ocfwrfp26U (http://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1153642210769944576?s=17)

we don’t need people adding voice to a web contract
we need the web contracting itself to listening to every voice .. everyday

web as it could be.. with 2 convers as infra


DEFindia (@DEFindia) tweeted at 3:30 AM – 27 Nov 2019 :
The web is one of the most powerful tools we’ve ever had to transform our lives for the better. Never before has the web’s power for good been more under threat. It doesn’t have to be this way. We can and must fight for the #WebWeWant @webfoundation
https://t.co/EB9kpXmwcV (http://twitter.com/DEFindia/status/1199636697052528640?s=17)

perhaps the most powerful tool (as it could be).. compromised by contract\ism – too muchlet go

bauwens contract law: conferences.. where they start w.. ‘we can’t trust humans’.. so need contracts.. that we can verify thru tech.. so we trust tech..i don’t like that vision  

beyond any form of measuring/accounting


The current pandemic has made clear: basic internet access is not enough.

While over half the world is now online, many people who are online still lack #MeaningfulConnectivity.

It’s time to close this persistent digital divide in access and use. https://t.co/VeONUUUhLkhttps://t.co/Pk8ZAjgHMP

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1283403956140613633

‘basic internet access is not enough..many who are online still lack #MeaningfulConnectivity

because ‘it’s not going to work unless whole planet can get onboard’ @timberners_lee

rare global pause.. great opp to reset.. ie: 2 conversations as infra (all of us..free)

access w/o free/alive people accessing.. perpetuates tragedy of the non common we need a means to undo our hierarchical listening.. @timberners_lee @webfoundation .. embedded in the access

imagine if we just focused on listening to the itch-in-8b-souls.. first thing.. everyday.. and used that data to augment our interconnectedness.. we might just get to a more antifragile, healthy, thriving world.. the ecosystem we keep longing for..

what the world needs most is the energy of 8b alive people


“3.5 billion people still don’t have access and on current trends, it will be past 2050 before they do. That’s nowhere near good enough.” writes @adrianlovett as he reflects on the role the web has played during this Covid-19 crisis. https://t.co/4bqu9ta3vu
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1286226298147409922

could get there tomorrow if let go of irrelevants

let’s focus deeper ie: cure ios city

Men are 21% more likely to be online than women — rising to 52% in the world’s least developed countries.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1286237370807922688

cure ios city would/could get everyone on


If digitisation is to continue to play such a central role in our world, two things are absolutely clear:
1️⃣ These technologies must be available for everyone, everywhere.
2️⃣ They must be safe and trusted.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1286588687745155072

techs can’t just be available/safe/trusted.. must also have a detox embed.. to undo our hierarchical listening.. otherwise just spinning our wheels .. perpetuating non legit data

Maria Farrell (@mariafarrell) tweeted at 3:10 AM on Fri, Jul 24, 2020:
This is such a basic point it’s almost invisible, but thinking through and working out the implications would be absolutely transformative.


problem deep enough to resonate w 8b people today

mech simple enough to be accessible/useable by 8b people today

system open enough to set/keep 8b people free today

ie: cure ios city


“We cannot allow for inequalities and exclusion to persist. If we short change women, girls, and the unconnected, either because they are poor, rural or remote, we are short changing the world.” — @SoniaA4AI https://t.co/mLdF7J3223
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1286635938219786245

massive challenge- not only almost 1/2 world unconnected, but significant % of those online are not meaningfully connected

less about access (have means for 100%)..
more about meaningful connection (have means for detox embed..but too distracted to grok/try it)


We need better coordination, we need greater focus in bringing the unconnected and left behind. – @HochschildF @UNSGdigicoop on universal connectivity and meaningful use of digitally enabled services by 2030 #RightsCon
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1288123060965408770

let’s try 2 convers as infra/coord/focus

How can we make sure everyone, everywhere can unlock the full power of the internet?

1️⃣ Rethink how we measure access

2️⃣ Give policymakers tools to deliver the internet people need
@SoniaA4AI explains our #MeaningfulConnectivity standard. https://t.co/VeONUVbSCS
#RightsCon https://t.co/eyiOU7BqjO
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1288433949744566272

1\ stop spending energy measuring/contracting/policy-izing things

2\ org/focus around something deep enough to set/keep everyone/everywhere (or it won’t work) free ie: 2 convers as infra to undo our hierarchical listening

What is meaningful connectivity?
We have #MeaningfulConnectivity when…
We can use the internet every day
With an appropriate device
Enough data
And a fast connection.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1288457788314664962

imagine if we just focused on listening to the itch-in-8b-souls.. first thing.. everyday.. and used that data to augment our interconnectedness

most (all) data currently non-legit (like from whales in sea world)


How can the public and private sectors and civil society work together to bring more people online?
1) Reduce taxes on low-cost handsets
2) Give subsidies for those least able to buy
3) Reduce upfront cost via microfinance and other payment options
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1293482509804744706

4\  let go of money (any form of measuring/accounting) – huge energy/time suck/distraction


“The web has been a lifeline for so many during this crisis. But 3.5 billion people can’t connect. Our number one focus must be closing this digital divide.” – @timberners_lee https://t.co/EbqG0C1acw
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1296757940494401538

berners-lee everyone law: it’s not going to work unless the whole planet can get onboard – Tim Berners-Lee

we keep spinning wheels w/tragedy of the non common


The Web Foundation (@webfoundation) tweeted at 3:07 AM on Sun, Aug 23, 2020:
More than halfway through the year, and we still have much work to do:
✅ Get the world meaningfully connected
✅ Make the web worth having
✅ Fight for the future of the open web
More from our President and CEO @adrianlovett https://t.co/4bqu9ta3vu

We’re determined to redouble our efforts in this moment of anxiety and use it for good.

perhaps we could hasten meaningful connectivity (ie: augment our interconnectedness) if instead of ‘redoubling efforts’ we deepened our focus/org/infra

ie: cure ios city


Help shape our work. Take our survey and let us know your thoughts: https://t.co/wGSkzpTKVU
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1297467961179922432

only one (of 22) question #6 – asks your opinion of what web foundation should focus on.. all the rest are asking you to rate/support what they are already doing.. some support is asking which of their activities you’ve participated in or will.. several questions are asking about financial support

couple days later tweet says:

As we look to expand our impact, what do you think we should be focused on?
At the Web Foundation, we want to know what you think.
Last chance to take the survey and share your feedback: https://t.co/wGSkzpTKVU https://t.co/ejy3bQnGzl
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1299277298181394438

how to undo our hierarchical listening
in order to get to the energy of 8b alive people
ie: cure ios city

(what your survey questions focus will just keep spinning your/our wheels)


How can the public and private sectors and civil society work together to bring more people online?

1) Reduce taxes on low-cost handsets
2) Give subsidies for those least able to buy
3) Reduce upfront cost via microfinance and other payment options https://t.co/Ib7WefEDZe
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1297795528416210944

The public and private sectors and civil society should work together in partnership to support projects like this to make more financing options available for consumers.

imagine if we let go of all the B and focus on a means to make financing irrelevant


3.5 billion people across the globe remain without internet access.
We must redouble our efforts to get everyone connected.
#WebWeWant #Connect2030 #DigitalCooperation
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1308732846140391424

Just as the world decided that electricity and water were basic needs that should reach everyone, no matter the cost, we should recognise that now is our moment to fight for the web as a basic right. Let’s be the generation that delivers universal internet access.

we need to quit saying everyone until we figure out how to go deep enough to legit get to everyone.. the world needs a means to undo our hierarchical listening ie: 2 convers as infra

(ie: electricity/water.. still not working for everyone – we keep spinning our wheels.. bikeshedding.. on the irrelevant s)


Covid-19 underscores like never before how fundamental the internet has become to people’s lives — and to achieving all the #GlobalGoals.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1313777587169058816

covid-19 underscores how fundamental internet is to people’s lives..

and that the #GlobalGoals aren’t deep enough

listen deeper