Leading IT Company Signs Up To Global Contract For The Web
In news / By Charlotte Tobulevicius / 03 May 2019
Contract for the Web is a global initiative established in 2019 which aims to bring governments, companies and individuals together to focus on agreeing a set of shared responsibilities to ultimately create a web which benefits humanity.
Nasstar became aware of the initiative on the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web when Tim Berners-Lee announced the creation of the Contract for the Web, at Web Summit in Lisbon. As a provider of managed IT services, the company then immediately set out to find out how it could get involved and contribute to the initiative.
What is Contract for the Web?
The Contract for the Web is designed around a set of principles; those for governments, companies and citizens. Nasstar has pledged to support the principles in the ‘companies’ section of the agreement which means it will contribute to making the internet affordable and accessible for everyone, respect consumer’s privacy and data, and develop technologies to support the best in humanity, whilst challenging the worst.
To date, there are 320 global firms and groups who have signed up to the contract; including tech giants Microsoft, Facebook and Google.
Nigel Redwood, CEO at Nasstar, said of the pledge: “When we first heard about this initiative, we knew that as a global IT provider, we needed to get on board and proactively pledge to agree to the principles. It was a no-brainer for us with our service centring around the internet, and we felt a sense of responsibility to our users and future customers, as well as web users around the world.
“We are already actively working through some of the principles such as respecting consumer privacy, which we do through our commitment to the GDPR and security of our customers’ data; and are looking forward to the next round of updates from the Contract for the Web team to help us set more goals and objectives.”
The Contract for the Web team is currently working on defining the full set of principles, with help from ‘working groups’ who are assisting with the draft text and priorities for the contract. It is hoping to publish the full Contract for the Web in the latter half of 2019.
For more information about the Contract for the Web, visit the website.