DWeb Principles


These principles define the values of a decentralized web based on enabling agency of all peoples. It is the basis for behavioral norms and mutual accountability.

These principles originate from members of the DWeb Community — those involved with and convened by the Internet Archive's work on the decentralized web. These stand alongside other sets of principles that share or expand upon these values, in recognition that our efforts to build a more just and equitable world are interdependent.

01. Technology for Human Agency
  1. We stand for technology that enables the primacy of people as beneficiaries of the technology, by upholding their security, privacy and self-determination.

  2. We urge coexistence and interoperability, and discourage walled gardens.

  3. We value open source code as a fundamental building block of an open and inclusive Web.

  4. We aim for peer-to-peer relationships, rather than hierarchical control and power imbalance.

  5. Our technologies must minimize surveillance and manipulation of people's behavior, and optimize for social benefits and empower individuals to determine how and why their data is used.

  6. We believe that multiple technical means will be more effective than a single technical solution to achieve ethical and people-centric outcomes.

02. Distributed Benefits
  1. We believe that decentralized technologies will be most beneficial to society when the rewards and recognition of their success, monetary or otherwise, are distributed among those who contributed to that success.

  2. If that is infeasible, proportionate benefit should flow to the community at large.

  3. High concentration of organizational control is antithetical to the decentralized web.

03. Mutual Respect
  1. We support and encourage clear codes of conduct to ensure respectful behavior and accountability.

  2. We expect participants to remain mindful of, and take responsibility for, their speech and behavior, by acting out of respect for others and respecting physical and emotional boundaries.

  3. We stand for open and transparent organizational practices, motivations, and governance, in a manner that actively pursues equity, mutual trust, and respect.

04. Humanity
  1. The objective of building a decentralized web is to protect human rights and empower people, especially those who experience systemic inequity and prejudice.

  2. We stand for people having agency over their own data and relationships, rights to free expression, privacy, and knowledge, as these are essential to human empowerment and dignity.

  3. We condemn the use of distributed tools for activities antithetical to human rights, such as human trafficking; sexual, mental, or physical abuse; and arms trading.

  4. We encourage building with harm-reduction in mind, and support the adoption of mechanisms that mitigate the potential for abuse, and consideration of those 'not at the table', not connected, not users, and the disadvantaged.

  5. We encourage the development of tools and applications in many languages and forms, with a high degree of accessibility.

05. Ecological Awareness
  1. We believe projects should aim to minimize ecological harm and avoid technologies that worsen environmental health.

  2. We value systems that work towards reducing energy consumption and device resource requirements, while increasing device lifespan by allowing repair, recycling, and recovery.

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John Ryan

Adam Uhlir

Allen “Gunner” Gunn

Andi Wong

Aya Miyaguchi

Benedict Lau

Brandon Wallace

Brewster Kahle

Cynthia El Khoury

Dawn Walker


Jay Carpenter

Jay Graber

Joachim Lohkamp

Karissa McKelvey

Kelsey Breseman

Mark Seery

Nathan Schneider

Nicolás Pace

Wendy Hanamura

Yisi Liu

Adil Ishaq

Aimee Fenech

Albert Ni

Alejandro Mayoral Baños

Alicia Urquidi Díaz

Ana Jamborcic

Andy Tudhope

Brooke Kuhlmann

Celine Nguyen

Charles E. Lehner

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Christina Bowen

Claire Kelley

Code Red

Colin Hayhurst

Daniel Chan

Daniel Helm

Dennis Kibbe

Diana Greer

Divya Siddarth

Eddie Castañeda

Eduardo Mercovich

Ese Ojo


Golda Velez

Gyuri Lajos

Heather Murschel

Heather Shall

James Young

Jerome Lindberg

João Monge Ferreira

Jodi Blanton

Johannes Ernst

John A. Kunze

Joy Zhang

Juan José Ventre Tabárez

Julieta Keldjian Etchessarry

Kai Wagner

Kayhan Alizadeh

Knyckolas Sutherland

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Ludwig Schuster

Masood Kord

Merlin van Lawick

Michael McCallister

Miguel Abambres


Naomi Joy Smith

Nathan Montone

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Olufemi Olabode

Paul Frazee

Paul Lindner

Paul Trevithick

Paulo Sales

Phuoc Kev Nguyen

Rabble aka Evan Henshaw-Plath

Rhonda Pemberton

Rich Jensen

Riley Wong

Robert Best

Robert Mao

Robi Roy

Roland Osborne

Sandro Hawke

Scott Moore

Sean MacMannis

Sergej van Middendorp

Stacco Troncoso

Steffen Fritz

Steven McKie

T B Dinesh

Tomás Susemihl

Toni Santos

Tony Lai

Vera Gillies

Yangbo Du

Yann Mauchamp

Zack Walsh

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