The decentralized, open, free and universal Web is under threat.
Governments—totalitarian and democratic alike —are increasingly monitoring and controlling people’s online communication. Wireless internet providers are being tempted to slow traffic to sites with which they have not made deals. Closed content silos are walling off information posted by their users from the rest of the Web. High costs and lack of locally relevant content, especially in the developing world, still exclude the majority of the world’s people from the Web’s global conversation.
If we, the Web’s users, allow these and other trends to proceed unchecked, the Web could be broken into fragmented islands and its transformative potential frittered away.
We promote the right to an affordable, universal and uncensored Web through research, advocacy and campaigning as well as technical innovation.
Our Web Index, first launched in 2012, measures how well different countries around the world are harnessing the benefits of an open and universal Web.
Current projects include: The Web Index