Digital Futures

The NewNow believes we all have the responsibility and the power to ensure that we are digitally connected in ways that bring dignity, equality and justice for all. That is why we’re a founding signatory of a new Contract for the Web. Keep up to date with all the news as our programmes develop.

The NewNow supports a Contract for the Web

Alongside Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the World Wide Web Foundation, The NewNow is a founding signatory to a new set of core principles for the web, and a partner in the global campaign #ForTheWeb.

The core principles are now open to the global community for consultation, so that together we can contribute to establishing the roles and responsibilities of governments, companies and citizens in protecting the web as a public good and a basic right for everyone.

Why now?

When Tim Berners-Lee invented the worldwide web in 1989, his vision was grounded in the good it could provide to connect people everywhere. We have realised many of the benefits of the free and open web – yet it is facing tough challenges as well. More than half of the world’s population are not yet online, deepening the inequality divide between societies. For the nearly half of the world who are online, the web’s benefits come with risks to our democracy, our privacy, and even mental health.

As the web celebrates its 30th birthday in 2019, we have the opportunity to bring far greater energy to the vital task of connecting the next fifty percent of people and at the same time, we need to also to ensure that we protect our fundamental rights. It is only by working together that we can protect and build a web that is free, open and fair.

What can you do?

The web is a pathway for rising generations, especially girls and women, to access quality education, healthcare, economic opportunities and justice systems and to build vibrant communities.

We believe that for the web to be truly for everyone, the voices of girls and women must be included and respected equally in the Contract for the Web. Join The NewNow to ensure the Contract for the Web is built with the voices of women and girls.

Read the core principles and then tell us what you think should be done to ensure the Contract for the Web is built for fairness, equality and for the public good.