Free Press and a large coalition of over 100 advocacy groups, human rights organizations and technology companies launched the “Declaration of Internet Freedom,” a set of principles providing a positive vision to preserve the Internet as a platform for speech, innovation and creativity.

“Earlier this year, a big-tent, post-partisan coalition came together to fight against SOPA and PIPA, two bills that threatened to cause irreparable harm to the open Internet. Now members of this same group are fighting not just to stop bad legislation, but to secure and protect our universal freedom to connect online,” Free Press Internet Campaign Director Josh Levy said in a statement.

The Declaration has already been signed by organizations around the world, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla and ColorOfChange.org, as well as individual open Internet advocates like Yochai Benkler, danah boyd, Deanna Zandt and Baratunde Thurston, as well as reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

“It’s easy to forget that the Internet is a fairly new platform. Its relative youth has opened the door to innovation and made it possible for communities of color to carve out our own unique spaces where we can represent ourselves and truthfully talk about the issues that matter — think Colorlines.com or ‘Awkward Black Girl.’ But that youth has also made the Internet ripe for corporate intervention,’” said Jamilah King, news editor and media reporter at Colorlines.com. “Companies stand to make a lot of money by offering consumers fewer choices in what they can and can’t do online. This Declaration of Internet Freedom is a crucial step in the fight to keep the Internet a free and creative space.”

You can sign on to declaration by visiting Internetdeclaration.org/freedom.

The text of the Declaration follows below.

Declaration of Internet Freedom

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.

Read this online at http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/07/coalition_of_internet_advocates_unveil_declaration_of_internet_freedom.html


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