Today, the Open Technology Institute of the New America Foundation joins more than 80 organizations, including Amnesty International, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Free Press and Mozilla in releasing the Declaration of Internet Freedom. The Declaration lists five core principles -- expression, access, openness, innovation, and privacy -- and aims to spark a passionate, global discussion among Internet users and communities about the future of the Internet.
"These principles underscore the importance of today's Internet policy-making," said Sascha Meinrath
, director of the Open Technology Institute and vice-president of the New America Foundation. "We are at a critical juncture in telecommunications history -- a time when the balance of power may shift from companies and political interests that favor a closed society to users and participants who want to support a free and open Internet."
The Declaration of Internet Freedom's five principles are:
● 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.
Sascha Meinrath and Craig Aaron, president and CEO of Free Press, explain why we need the Declaration for Internet Freedom in Slate
. The Declaration of Internet Freedom is available online at: http://www.internetdeclaration.org/
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