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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]

The organization is not related to the Open Web Foundation.[5]

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."[6] The New Scientist criticized the formation of an organization to tell others what is true or not.[7]



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