TweakTown
Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
5,912 Reviews & Articles | 38,074 News Posts

Declaration of Internet Freedom: will you sign it?

Several groups have come together to start a movement behind the Declaration of Internet Freedom

| Internet & Websites News | Posted: Jul 2, 2012 5:45 pm

In another attempt to make a pointless statement towards Washington D.C., a group of websites and privacy organizations have come together to form the Declaration of Internet Freedom. The Declaration of Internet Freedom is the start of something bigger, a movement to uphold and ensure some basic principles, much like the Declaration of Independence was.

 

TweakTown image news/2/4/24764_1_declaration_of_internet_freedom_will_you_sign_it.png

 

"We've seen how the Internet has been under attack from various directions, and we recognize that it's time to make that stop," said TechDirt, a site involved with the new movement. "The Internet is an incredible platform that we want to grow and to thrive, and thus, a very large coalition got together to produce the following document as a starting point, hoping to kick off a much larger discussion which we hope you'll join in."

 

As it stands currently, the Declaration of Internet Freedom is composed of 5 basic values:

 

  1. Expression: Don't censor the Internet.
  2. Access: Promote universal access to fast and affordable networks.
  3. Openness: Keep the Internet an open network where everyone is free to connect, communicate, write, read, watch, speak, listen, learn, create, and innovate.
  4. Innovation: Protect the freedom to innovate and create without permission. Don't block new technologies, and don't punish innovators for their users' actions.
  5. Privacy: Protect privacy and defend everyone's ability to control how their data and devices are used.

 

This list isn't finalized yet and the advocates want your input on the matter. You can sign the petition or put your two-cents in at several sites around the Web or at the Web site for the Declaration itself. It's clear that the groups behind this movement are hoping for users of the Internet to come together in a SOPA-style movement that could hopefully be powerful enough to put pressure onto Washington.

 

So how about it? Will you sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom?

NEWS SOURCE
News.cnet.com

Related Tags

Further Reading: Read and find more Internet & Websites news at our Internet & Websites news index page.

Do you get our news RSS feed? Get It!

Post a Comment about this news

Latest Tech News Posts

View More News Posts

TweakTown Web Poll

Question: Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR will...

Improve Oculus Rift Development

Hamper Oculus Rift Development

Completely destroy Oculus Rift Development

Let's wait and see, I'm not sure

or View the Results

View More Polls

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases