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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The Declaration of Internet Freedom

If the Internet had existed back in the 1700s, our Founding Fathers would have wholeheartedly embraced the Declaration of Internet Freedom.

Oppressive governments, telecom companies and Hollywood and music industry moguls are all trying to wreak havoc on our Internet access.  Instead of fending off one attack after another, Internet users have rediscovered that the best defense is a good offense.

The Declaration of Internet Freedom has a Preamble, a Declaration and a Bill of Rights consisting of five basic principles:

Expression: Don't censor the Internet.

Access: Promote universal access to fast and affordable networks.

Openness: Keep the Internet an open network where everyone is free to connect, communicate, write, read, watch, speak, listen, learn, create and innovate.

Innovation: Protect the freedom to innovate and create without permission. Don’t block new technologies, and don’t punish innovators for their users' actions.

Privacy: Protect privacy and defend everyone’s ability to control how their data and devices are used.

Please check out the complete text at the linked article, and sign the Declaration.



Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Telecom companies, Hollywood, and the music industry are simply trying to preserve an outdated business model. Oppressive governments are trying to suppress uncontrolled communications. They are becoming the buggy whips of the electronic age.

July 3, 2012 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Not until they realized that there's porn on them thar interwebs and that gets in the way of Work.

July 4, 2012 at 4:19 AM  
Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

the internet's a strange creature. born and bred by government money, expanded by the education community, what we have now via commercial enterprise. which will out?

July 4, 2012 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

Fear not as long as we have 15 year olds who are tech smarter then the old farts. Now where'd I leave that buggy whip?

July 4, 2012 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Boy, isn't that the truth! When I need help with the satellite TV or the computer, I ask my 6 year old granddaughter.

July 4, 2012 at 11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as we have China and it's repression to compare to, we are ready to let the corporations and the government get away with a lot here.

Guys I just took computer classes with internet savvy kids. They may know how to navigate around better, but unlike us have no comprehension as to what it means. They've never known anything else.


July 4, 2012 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

That last item, "Protect privacy and defend everyone’s ability to control how their data and devices are used," is a tough one, maybe impossible.

As things stand, it's nearly impossible for the average user to maintain much privacy and still enjoy the rich variety and many of the conveniences the Web has to offer. Google alone probably knows your underwear size, age bracket and the home you grew up. At the same time, there's enough anonymity to facilitate spammers, trolls, pranksters, snoops and other troublemakers.

The declaration expresses some worthwhile ideals. Alas, I expect it will have as much impact on the corporations, government and itinerant meddlers as the occupy movement has had on Wall St.

July 4, 2012 at 11:26 PM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

With virtually every phone, both home and cell, call,recorded by the government, it is hard to expect that everything you say or look at on the Internet isn't also recorded somewhere by someone. And it is hard to expect the government to prevent it, since they are the ones doing most of the survalience.

July 5, 2012 at 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The war for the Internet has begun.
Hollywood is in control of politics.
The Government is killing innovation.
Don't let them get away with that.

July 20, 2012 at 8:38 AM  

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