World Wide Web Foundation

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World Wide Web Foundation
Founded Early 2009
Founder Tim Berners-Lee
Headquarters Washington, D.C., United States
Key people
Tim Berners-Lee (founder)
Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss (Board Chair)
Anne Jellema (CEO)

The World Wide Web Foundation (also: Web Foundation) is an organization dedicated to the improvement and availability of the World Wide Web. The formation of the organization was announced on September 14, 2008 by Tim Berners-Lee at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.. The organization launched on November 15, 2009.[1] One of its former board members is former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.[2]

The mission of the organization is "to establish the open Web as a global public good and a basic right, ensuring that everyone can access and use it freely".[3] The foundation works in two areas, A free and open Web and Open Democracy, to reach the objectives of the organization.[4]

It publishes the Web Index[5] with statistics for 86 selected countries.

The organization is not related to the Open Web Foundation.[6]


Alberto Ibarguen and Berners-Lee announcing the Web Foundation in 2008

When announcing the foundation, Berners-Lee discussed a system to label websites for their trustworthiness. According to the BBC he said "there needed to be new systems that would give websites a label for trustworthiness once they had been proved reliable sources."[7] The New Scientist criticized the formation of an organization to tell others what is true or not.[8]

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  1. ^ "World Wide Web Foundation Launches Global Operations". World Wide Web Foundation. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  2. ^ Gordon's Future: Ex-PM Reveals His Big Plans, Sky News, 2 September 2010
  3. ^ "About the Web Foundation". World Wide Web Foundation. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  4. ^ "World Wide Web Foundation Overview". World Wide Web Foundation. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  5. ^ The Web Index
  6. ^ "Media Resources". World Wide Web Foundation. 
  7. ^ "Warning sounded on web's future". BBC News. 2008-09-15. 
  8. ^ "New Scientist Technology Blog: How to measure a website's IQ?". New Scientist. 

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