World Wide Web Foundation

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World Wide Web Foundation
World Wide Web Foundation Logo.png
FormationNovember 17, 2009; 9 years ago (2009-11-17)
FounderTim Berners-Lee
Founded atWashington, D.C.
Type501(c)(3), charitable organization
26-2852431 [1]
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.
Key people
Tim Berners-Lee (Founder)
Tom Jenkins (Board Chair)
Adrian Lovett (CEO)
Rosemary Leith (Founding Director)

The World Wide Web Foundation, also known as the Web Foundation, is an international non-profit organisation advocating for a free and open web for everyone.

The organisation was founded by Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web. Announced in September 2008[2] in Washington, D.C., the Web Foundation launched operations in November 2009 at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).[3]

It is focused on increasing global access to the World Wide Web, while ensuring the web is a safe and empowering tool that people can use freely and fully to improve their lives.[4] One of its former board members is former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.[5]

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


The Web Foundation’s mission is to advance the open web as a public good and a basic right. It seeks to achieve digital equality — a world where everyone has the same rights and opportunities online.[7]

In an open letter published in March 2018, Web Foundation founder Tim Berners-Lee called for action to connect the 50% of the world still not online and to ensure they find a web worth connecting to.[8]


Headquartered in Washington, DC., the Web Foundation works across 70 countries, including work through partner organisations. Its team of around 30 employees works from three main hubs in Jakarta, London and Washington, DC.[9]

It is also the host organisation for the Alliance for Affordable Internet, a global coalition of organisations working to reduce the costs of broadband and increase access to the internet.[10].


The Web Foundation produces a number of research products including the Open Data Barometer, the Affordability Report, the Web Index and other studies and reports.[11]


In November 2018, the Web Foundation launched the #ForTheWeb campaign, unveiled by founder Tim Berners-Lee at the Web Summit tech conference in Lisbon, Portugal. The campaign calls on governments, companies and citizens to commit to defending a free and open web by signing up to a Contract for the Web.[12]

The Contract for the Web[13] was published as a set of initial high level principles that will be built into a full contract to be published in 2019. These principles received backing from governments including Germany [14] and France[15], companies such as Google, Facebook and Cloudflare, as well as a number of civil society organisations.[16]

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  1. ^ "Ways to Give". World Wide Web Foundation. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
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  5. ^ Gordon's Future: Ex-PM Reveals His Big Plans, Sky News, 2 September 2010
  6. ^ "Media Resources". World Wide Web Foundation.
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