Internet

Furthermore, communication and discovery are limited by the laws of nature to short distances, whereas man, through that inner power of his that discovereth the reality of all things, connecteth the East with the West. This, too, is interfering with the laws of nature.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 338

A mechanism of world inter-communication will be devised, embracing the whole planet, freed from national hindrances and restrictions, and functioning with marvellous swiftness and perfect regularity.

Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh, p 203

Most important of all, as with any exploration by Bahá’ís of the beliefs and practices of

their Faith, electronic discussion will serve the interests of the Cause and its members

only as it is conducted within the framework of the Bahá’í Teachings and the truths they

enshrine. To attempt to discuss the Cause of God apart from or with disdain for the

authoritative guidance inherent in these Teachings would clearly be a logical

contradiction.

Universal House of Justice, Guidelines For Internet Communication

The system, so prophetically foreseen sixty years ago by Shoghi Effendi, builds a sense of shared community among its users that is impatient of either geographic or cultural distances.

Universal House of Justice, Century of Light, p 133

According to guidance received from the Bahá’í Internet Agency, although the friends are free to register domain names with the word Bahá’í in them for non-commercial individual initiatives on the internet (such as Bahá’í-devotions.org), offering materials for sale at such sites is inappropriate. We realize that you were probably not aware of this, (and that we need to better educate the community about it), but trust in the near future that you will be able to adjust accordingly your websites [with the word Bahá’í in them]. While you are free to continue using the sites for non-commercial purposes, as personal blogs, sharing perspectives [from the Bahá’í Faith], they should not offer commercial services. Instead, perhaps you could provide a link on these sites to [another domain without the word Bahá’í in it], and the excellent publications and services that you have made available for purchase there. In addition, you might consider creating a section of the site (such as XXX.com/Bahái) where resources and information gathered more specifically for members of the Faith could be found. This would still include the word “Bahá’í” in the domain but would not give the impression that the site was an official one authorized by a Bahá’í institution.

USA-NSA to an individual, 6 January 2011

Adhering to key Bahá’í principles will ensure that our Internet initiatives will combine the necessary features of flexibility, creativity and respect for the Internet user.

Bahá’í Internet Agency, Bahá’í Participation on the Internet: Some Reflections, 2006