Nine Principles (The 9)

World wide web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee shared a plan to stop what he calls a “digital dystopia [controlled] by those who want to exploit, divide and undermine.” His answer, Contract for the Web, advances nine principles to keep society on track to achieving a safe, free, and open web. He says, “The power of the web to transform people’s lives, enrich society and reduce inequality is one of the defining opportunities of our time. But it will not happen unless we all commit to the challenge.”


P1: Ensure everyone can connect on the Internet
P2: Keep all of the Internet available, all of the time
P3: Respect and protect people’s online privacy and data rights


P4: Make the Internet affordable and accessible to everyone
P5: Respect and protect people’s privacy and personal data to build online trust
P6: Develop tech that supports the best in humanity and challenges the worst


P7: Create and collaborate on the Web
P8: Build strong communities that respect civil discourse and human dignity
P9: Fight for the Web


  1. Andrew Griffin. Tim Berners-Lee: Creator of the web reveals plan to stop internet turning into ‘digital dystopia.’ Independent. 25 Nov 2019