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Offer: WebWeWant 2014 Small Grants (US $1,000 - $4,000) - Deadline extended to 9 May, 2014!

The Web We Want is extending the Web 25 Year of Action grants deadline to 9 May, 2014.

Public feedback will take place up to 20 April.

25 years ago, the World Wide Web was invented by Tim Berners-Lee. It has already transformed our world in all kinds of ways. In the future, it could help us to achieve a world where all people on earth have equal rights to have a say and equal access to knowledge. But, if we fail to take action on current threats to the open web, it could be carved up by political and commercial elites seeking to entrench their interests.

Over the next year, major decisions will be taken – at both national and global levels – that will determine the Web’s future, so the Web We Want campaign is organising a Year of Action from March 2014 to April 2015.

During the 25th anniversary Year of Action, we want to give as many different voices as possible a say in critical debates over online rights. What is the future of democracy, privacy and human rights in a digital age? How do we achieve the web we want to build the world we want?

So, we are inviting you to brainstorm your own proposal for a “birthday party” event or action that will get popular audiences involved in debating, celebrating and imagining the Web they Want. We’ll post all of the submissions on the competition website, and the ones that receive the largest number of thumbs-up votes will get shortlisted for final judging.

The form that your “birthday party” takes is limited only by your own imagination. It can happen online, offline or a combination of both. You may apply for any amount between $1000 and $5000. The key criteria are that:

1. Every birthday party event or action should include a way to collect participants’ messages in the format “The Web I want is one that ….”. You’ll be able share these messages back with the wider Web We Want movement via the website and mailing list.

2. Whether through the arts, youth culture, media or any other means, your event should create awareness and public debate over the key issues facing the open and free Web in your country or in the world. You should have a strategy for making sure that your event gets noticed and heard, beyond the group of people who are actually involved in it.

3. We can’t finance the purchase of equipment, the establishment of computer labs, ongoing digital skills training programmes, or the like.

4. We want to fund groups who are seriously committed to working for change on digital rights, not just trying their luck at getting some funding.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Have a ‘quilting bee’ in schools, libraries, youth clubs etc. where you teach people digital skills by showing them how to make their own part of the Web We Want interactive quilt, using Mozilla’s free Webmaker tools and curriculum.

Hold street theatre performances and post the video to Youtube or another social network

Conduct a forum or debate via social media, like a “tweetcongress”

Send schoolkids to parliament to teach politicians digital skills (how to Tweet, how to input to the Web We Want quilt) and talk to them about the web young people want

Run a 24 hour drive for mass drafting and editing of Wikipedia articles on key topics for online rights in your country (e.g. “censorship in Bangladesh,” “internet in Nigeria”).

Conduct a nationwide survey on a controversial digital rights topic as a tool to raise awareness, spark debate and attract media attention

Radio phone-ins

A poster, video or blog contest

If you want to take part in the Year of Action, but don’t want to apply for a grant, here’s how you can get involved:

Write a letter to a local newspaper and send us a copy.
Tweet! #Web25 #webwewant
Write a song about the web and upload it to our Youtube Channel
Create a cartoon and send us a copy.

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