A Declaration of Internet Freedom

In an age where acronyms such as SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, CISPA, CSA, and more put fear into the hearts of Internet users all over the globe it's time that someone stand up and clearly define what rights we should have on the Internet. Like the Continental Congress did when America declared Independence way back in 1776, the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) and other advocacy groups have come up with our own version of a "Declaration" for the Internet age.

The document they helped create is called the "Declaration of Internet Freedom," and offers five key points that the ECA thinks is paramount to a free and open Internet for everyone. We will let those five important points do the talking:


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.

You can learn more about the ECA's efforts to fight for your digital rights by visiting www.theeca.com/Digital_Rights.

[Full Disclosure: GamePolitics is an ECA publication.]

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    Atrayo says:

    There is one thing this "Declaration of Internet Freedom" left out.


    Protection: from cyber-attacks be it on the personal level (ie identity theft or other cyber malfeasance )

    This "Declaration of Internet Freedom" will only be viable to Nations that adhere to the "Rule of Law" with due process. Otherwise non-democratic States will just flip this noble ideal the bird.

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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    Vagueness is mans best friend as they can have it both ways.

    But I guess you can lock it down to as I see it Privacy comes down to the resell or use of non vague user data.


    Expression and openness go hand in hand you can't have one without the other, I think at best its meant to say Don't block/take down stuff learn to monetize it better stop sweating the small stuff.

    Innovation reinforces that ideal.


    I think IP owners really need to get out of the 1800's or at least accept that they have yet to offer a licensing structure that dose not horribly fall apart when the masses use it…..


    The industry is more to blame for piracy than anyone else as they have allowed things to come so far, then again when you allow monopolies to run wild you get the healthcare and finical systems breaking down…..

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    MechaTama31 says:

    That sounds nice, but Privacy seems to be at odds with Expression, Openness, and Innovation.  How can everyone (I include IP holders in everyone) be able to control how their data is used, without some restrictions on Expression and Openness?  And many Innovations do in fact threaten Privacy (hello, Facebook).  There has to be a compromise there, and nailing down what that compromise should be has been the crux of a lot of the battles we've been fighting lately.  As it is, the list seems to be a bit simplistic and idealist, a bit "eat your cake and have it too".

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