From Contract for the Web:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the Internet, has long been concerned with the way that his invention has been shifted away from it’s original, intended use: the open transfer of information and knowledge. Sir Tim has announced this new endeavour with 9 principles, 3 each for governments, companies and individuals, as a way to restore the intent and confidence in the Internet as a place that fosters open, ethical use.
For Governments: Ensure everyone can connect to the internet, keep all of the internet available, all of the time, and respect and protect people’s fundamental online privacy and data rights
For Companies: Make the internet affordable and accessible to everyone, Respect and protect people’s privacy and personal data to build online trust, and develop technologies that support the best in humanity and challenge the worst.
For Citizens: Be creators and collaborators on the Web, build strong communities that respect civil discourse and human dignity, and fight for the Web.
The idea is that we all have a role in keeping the Internet as a place we want to use and get value from. Major technology companies have been quick to sign on support to the contract.
Read details on Contract for the Web.