One of the most important things we can do these days to maintain our individual and collective freedoms is to make sure we have a free and open internet. And with each passing day, this becomes more important. Toward that end, the good people at freepress.net have come up with a Declaration of Internet Freedom. It has five points. If you agree with them, then I urge you to sign the declaration yourself (I did). Here it is:
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.