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The Worldwide Web belongs to everyone.  Because it is built on a principle of openness and interconnection, every person and institution that goes online to connect and create experiences fundamental changes and makes a contribution to the ever growing, evolving One Web that is transforming society. The Web is a vital shared resource, but most people are not empowered to take part in defining the direction of this now indispensable resource. Some take it for granted, some cannot breach the barriers to access, and some relinquish control to authoritative institutions that are all too happy to fill the void of public leadership.

OneWebDay changes all of that. For the last three years, OneWebDay has attracted a global network of partner organizations and individual activists committed to broadening the public’s awareness of Internet and Web issues while deepening a culture of participation in building a Web that works for everyone. In 2008, OneWebDay organizers documented volunteer-driven events 34 different cities across the world.

OneWebDay was founded by Susan Crawford, cyberlaw scholar, former Board Member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and current technology policy advisor to President Obama. According to Ms. Crawford, “Earth Day was the model when I founded OneWebDay in 2006. In 1969, one man asked the people to do what their elected representatives would not: take the future of the environment into their own hands.” Today, a worldwide citizens’ movement has put the environment front and center politically. According to Crawford, “peoples’ lives now are as dependent on the Internet as they are on the basics like roads, energy supplies and running water. We can no longer take that for granted, and we must advocate for the Internet politically and support its vitality personally.”

In 2009, OneWebDay, Inc. will begin to scale up the support we can provide to our network. This support will include a clearer vision and mission, leadership development and resources for volunteer organizers, a robust and inviting set of collaboration tools, and a more effective public presence.

OneWebDay leaders seek to build an organization that looks, feels, and works like the Web – a diverse, decentralized engine of human creativity that delivers value by pushing power to the edges of its network of organizers and partners. OneWebDay will offer sustained support and development to its network and create an annual event that makes the power of the Web and the threats it faces tangible to a wide audience. We believe that through this effort, the OneWebDay network can become a strong global community of advocates for the future of the Web. We hope you will get involved.