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