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OneWebDay 2009 is September 22nd

Fred Benenson, September 1st, 2009

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It is September again, and that means OneWebDay is just around the corner on September 22nd. One Web Day is a once-a-year celebration of all that is good about the Web, and was launched in 2006 by Susan Crawford. You might recognize Susan’s name as President Obama’s Special Assistant for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy. While Susan is now at the White House, dozens of teams around the world are preparing ready for the festivities, so check out OneWebdDay’s map or sign up to start your own team here.

One Web. For All.

This year’s One Web Day theme is “One Web. For All.” And while that might seem like an obvious theme for a day celebrating the Web, it’s an unfortunate reality that the Web isn’t yet available to everyone everywhere. Though this fact is changing as more of the world gets online, we’ve still got a ways to go. Making sure the web is for everyone is also a goal shared by Creative Commons. We’ve designed our tools and licenses to work internationally, regardless of jurisdiction or language. But it also means we’ve translated our licenses into the languages of dozens of different jurisdictions. For more information on our international efforts, check out our international page.

Making sure the web is for everyone is also about making sure everyone can participate. And that means open standards, low transaction costs, and transparent policies. Efforts like the push for network neutrality amongst ISPs are crucial components to maintaining that the web remains open for all.

So on September 22nd, celebrate OneWebDay by taking some time to think about how important it is that we can all participate in the web and how that fact has fundamentally changed our society.

2 Responses to “OneWebDay 2009 is September 22nd”

  1. Church says:

    Let’s not forget the “three strikes” concept that is being pushed in France, Ireland, Australia, etc.

  2. Jackie says:

    Hello All,
    My concern is that many in the Black Community, especially those 50 and older do not have access to computers. Many do not own a computer, nor do they have access to computers; or do not know how to retrieve information from the web. I believe where we need to start is by providing access of information to all groups. I have a plan wherein I field will solve part of the problem. We have bookmobiles throughout the public libraries, why not have one to take computers to sites where people frequent; where they will be able to learn how to use computers. As a student in Information Research, I would be thrill to start a pilot program in the Kansas City area where I would be willing to teach those 50 and over how to use the computer and how to retrieve vital information. I need help from those willing to reach out; those willing to help in the process of making it possible for all groups to receive information. Everyone have a right to information. Let’s work to make that a reality. I’m willing, who will follow. Contact me at above web address from Emporia State University.

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