Internet lines up behind The Declaration of Internet Freedom
By Fox Van Allen | Tecca.com
Itís no secret that various parts of the internet have been under attack for some time. Traditional media companies respond with terror at the thought of losing even more business to piracy (though itís questionable just how much theyíre actually hurting). Cable internet providers want the right to control what speeds youíre allowed to access what sites at. And the U.S. government, meanwhile, wants to help these companies out by making streaming copyrighted content punishable by up to five years in prison.
Some major names on the internet have had enough of playing defense. Thatís why theyíre launching a new initiative called the Declaration of Internet Freedom. Itís a short five-point document ó a Bill of Rights of sorts ó that lists out the basics of what humanity should expect and deserve from the internet. It reads:
"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: Donít 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. Donít block new technologies, and donít punish innovators for their usersí actions.
Privacy: Protect privacy and defend everyoneís ability to control how their data and devices are used."
The Declaration of Internet Freedom is supported by a number of well-known, high-tech names, such as Mozilla (creators of Firefox), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), left-wing political opinion site Daily Kos, and right-wing blogging heavyweight Patrick Ruffini. By backing the document, the organization hopes to promote understanding and build support for the cause. Private individuals are urged to take action through partner sites such as the non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Article from: tecca.com
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