globe-callout3Sixty-five years ago, this vision was laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today, we can’t achieve it without an open, universal Web. The Web enables everyone on the planet to participate in a free flow of knowledge, ideas, collaboration and creativity. And it must be nurtured and protected.

But now the actions of some companies and some governments threaten our fundamental freedoms on the Web.

In the last few years, citizens around the world — from Finland to Brazil, from Mexico to the USA, from the Philippines to Russia — have rallied to stop bad laws and build a positive agenda for a Web that empowers all of us. With your help, we can help these movements grow and win victories in every country.

That’s why the Web We Want campaign is calling on people around the world to stand up for their right to a free, open and truly global Internet. The first step: Drafting an Internet Users Bill of Rights for every country, proposing it to governments and kickstarting the change we need. There are three ways to get started:

  1. Add your name to the Web We Want mailing list to the right. We’ll keep you informed as our campaign begins to gather momentum.
  2. Start a national dialogue about the Web that your country wants.
  3. Draft an Internet Users Bill of Rights for your country, for your region or for all. From national regulations to an international convention, we can work together to propose the best legislation to protect our rights.

Right now the U.N. is requesting an investigation into global online surveillance. As more and more people awaken to the threats against our basic rights online, we must start a debate — everywhere — about the Web we want. This process is just getting started. Add your name to our mailing list today and we’ll follow up soon with next steps.


Also: An Online Magna Carta: Berners-Lee Calls for a Bill of Rights for the Web, The Gardian