Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Ca.) joined with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Or.) revealed what they are calling the "Digital Bill of Rights" at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City.
A draft version of the Digital Bill of Rights is also live on Rep. Issa’s personal site, KeepTheWebOpen.com. The Digital Bill of Rights is comprised of ten key tenets, but chances are that the document will ultimately take into account and implement feedback from the Internet community.
The ten key rights are:
1) The right to a free and uncensored Internet.
2) The right to an open, unobstructed Internet.
3) The right to equality on the Internet.
4) The right to gather and participate in online activities.
5) The right to create and collaborate on the Internet.
6) The right to freely share their ideas.
7) The right to access the Internet equally, regardless of who they are or where they are
8) The right to freely associate on the Internet
9) The right to privacy on the Internet
10) The right to benefit from what they create
Issa and Wyden created this Digital Bill of Rights out of a concern that lawmakers are continually trying to regulate the Internet without understanding what the Internet is and how people here in the United States use it.
"Government is flying blind, interfering and regulating without understanding even the basics," wrote Issa on his website. “We have a rare opportunity to give government marching orders on how to treat the Internet, those who use it and the innovation it supports."
Sen. Wyden compared his collaboration with Issa to a digital version of the "Constitutional convention."
"In the past, the way you got the word out was through a phone tree," said Wyden. "We’re talking about building a system that will create a signal throughout the community."
You can learn more about The Digital Bill of Rights by visiting KeepTheWebOpen.com. Both Wyden and Issa have been staunch critics of SOPA, and Wyden has been pressing the Obama Administration hard on the legality of ACTA under the U.S. Constitution. Unlike other people in Washington, these two have been pretty consistent on their opposition to laws that want to regulate the Internet in the name of IP protection and security.