A few weeks ago as many of us were patriotically wishing a happy birthday to the United States of America, a coalition of organizations including the ACLU and EFF launched a Declaration of Internet Freedom. I love how simple they kept it, while also encouraging engagement with the statement in a variety of online communities. The declaration is below, in text as well as the obligatory infographic format.
Individuals are invited to sign it atÂ Â Access,Â ACLU,Â CREDO,Â EFFÂ orÂ Free Press, and to comment on it atÂ onÂ reddit,Â Techdirt,Â CheezburgerÂ (yes, really!),Â GithubÂ andÂ Rhizome.Â They have also invited organizations to sign on. I signed it on behalf of HASTAC, where I work. Have you or will you sign it?
We stand for a free and open Internet.
We support transparent and participatory processes for making Internet policy and the establishment of five basic principles:
- Expression:Â Don’t censor the Internet.
- Access:Â Promote universal access to fast and affordable networks.
- Openness:Â Keep the Internet an open network where everyone is free to connect, communicate, write, read, watch, speak, listen, learn, create and innovate.
- Innovation:Â Protect the freedom to innovate and create without permission. Donâ€™t block new technologies, and donâ€™t punish innovators for their users’ actions.
- Privacy:Â Protect privacy and defend everyoneâ€™s ability to control how their data and devices are used.