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Internet Freedom

 

The open Internet is central to people’s freedom to communicate, share, advocate and innovate in the 21st century.

But powerful interests want to censor free speech, block the sharing of information, hinder innovation and control how Internet users get online.

All too often, people in power are making political decisions behind closed doors about how the Internet operates, and without the involvement of Internet users themselves.

The result: policies that could close down the open Internet and threaten our freedom to connect.

It’s time for us to reclaim the Internet for its users. We must declare our Internet freedom.

Source: Save the Internet

 

Declaration of Internet Freedom

Tired of fighting bad bills like SOPA, PIPA and CISPA? Want to stand up against those who are trying to control what we do and say online? Let's do something different. Add your name below and join the global movement for Internet freedom. [What's this?]

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: 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.

Sign the Petition, here.

 

Explanation: The Declaration of Internet Freedom

July 25, 2012

Click here to download a printable PDF of this resource.

What is the Declaration of Internet Freedom?

The Declaration is a set of five principles drafted by the core people and organizations involved in beating back SOPA and PIPA, two bills that would have irrevocably harmed the open Internet.

The Declaration outlines one vision of how we can protect online innovation and expression. It is not a policy document or something that is supposed to directly lead us to a specific policy. It’s the starting point for discussion and debate that we hope will bring more people together in a conversation about how best to protect the open Internet.

The five principles are intentionally broad. They are meant to inspire future policies that affect the Internet.

Why are we doing this?

Both bad government policies and private corporations seeking to control our online experience pose a threat to the open Internet.

We must build a movement of millions of Internet users willing to fight for something — to take proactive steps to protect the open Internet instead of merely mobilizing to fight harmful bills and corporate abuses.

Internet users must have a seat at the table whenever policymakers consider rules or laws affecting the Internet.

What are the threats?

One-sided bills like SOPA and PIPA and secretly negotiated international treaties like ACTA included harmful provisions and were developed without the involvement of regular Internet users.

Big companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon want to control and monetize the Internet, and will limit our ability to speak freely online to get their intended result. Case in point: Verizon has said it has a First Amendment right to “edit” our online speech.

 Read the brief_declaration.pdf

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