January 20, 2022

World Wide Web Foundation Releases 2017 – 2022 Strategic Plan: “Digital Equality An Open Web For A More Equal World”

From a World Wide Web Foundation Summary Blog Post:

We are targeting wins in three specific areas:

1) Power: All People Can Make Their Voices Heard Equally
We will fight to ensure people’s rights on the web are legally protected. This means enshrining in law your right to freedom of expression and privacy online and ensuring that you have control over the collection and use of your personal data.

We will also push for policies that encourage a greater diversity of voices and content online. This means ensuring that the rights of women and excluded groups to participate in online life without harassment, intimidation or surveillance are protected, and that strong, clear net neutrality policies are in place that enable independent websites and small start-ups to thrive.

2) Accountability: Citizens Hold Governments and Companies to Account
We will continue to push for policies that open up key information online, and equip public interest groups to use this data to hold governments and companies accountable.

We also want to see stronger transparency and accountability in the use of digital resources and tools such as computer models (algorithms) that help determine the information and opportunities available to citizens. Hand in hand with this, we will continue to push for responsible policies around the collection and use of personal data by governments and companies.

Note: The full text plan includes this language:

…the open web – particularly when universally accessible (our Goal 3) and complemented by [our emphasis] open access to public interest data and information online (our Goal 2) – enables us to make full use of the powers we have as equal citizens, and realise our potential to effect change within our political communities

3) Opportunity: Women and Other Excluded Groups Gain Economic and Social Opportunities and Resources
Digital equality means more inclusive public services and fair opportunities in the digital economy. Examples of policy outcomes we will be pursuing here are affordable broadband for all; expanded and enhanced free public WiFi schemes and digital skills programmes; and increased financial inclusion for women through digital financial services

Read the Complete Blog Post 

Direct to Full Text Strategic Plan Document (12 pages; PDF)



About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.