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You, too, can help keeptheweb#open

Written by Elyse Eidman-Aadahl
June 16, 2012

Okay, prepare yourself. The quote that follows is not from Occupy the Internet; it is from a U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa:

But where can a digital citizen turn for protection against the powerful? This question lay at the heart of the fight to stop SOPA and PIPA and keep the web open. While I do not have all the answers, the remarkable cooperation we witnessed in defense of an open Internet showed me three things. First, government is flying blind, interfering and regulating without understanding even the basics. Second, 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. And third, we must get to work immediately because our opponents are not giving up.

It’s not so surprising when you think that Issa was one of the Representative who most strongly opposed SOPA. At the recent Personal Democracy Forum, Congressmen Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced a project to create a Digital Bill of Rights and to do it in the open, crowd-sourced way that the Internet, in particular, affords. That means we can all contribute to it directly through a website created for that purpose called keeptheweb#open.

The starting document identifies 10 rights (rights, like commandments, often come in 10’s):

  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.

The public is invited to comment and edits on the website, with registration. Go there and say your piece. Or, stay here and share your piece in the comment section below



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