Internet Freedom is Worth Fighting For

The ACLU and dozens of other organizations – including Free Press and the Electronic Frontier Foundation – have teamed up to create the Declaration of Internet Freedom, which sets for a set of principles providing a positive vision to preserve the Internet as a platform for speech, innovation and creativity.

This effort rose out of the debate surrounding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate earlier this year. As you may recall, SOPA and PIPA were bills aimed at stopping online piracy that would have would have also impacted a wealth of completely legal content online, limiting online innovation and free speech. Thanks to millions of Internet users coming together, we were able to stop SOPA and PIPA. But these battles remind us how fragile the free and open Internet is — and make it clear that if we don’t fight to protect it, no one will.

With that in mind, more than 100 organizations, academics, startup founders and tech innovators are launching a Declaration of Internet Freedom — five principles outlining the basic freedoms that all Internet users should enjoy: expression; access; openness; innovation; and privacy.

We encourage you to respond to this document — you can agree or disagree with it, debate it, translate it, make it your own and broaden the discussion. No platform other than a free and open Internet allows this kind of interaction. The Declaration is meant to spark a passionate, global discussion among Internet users and communities about the Internet and our role in protecting it, so that the next time we are faced with threats to Internet freedom, we’ll have a common set of principles in place to combat them with.

The declaration reads: 

We believe that a free and open Internet can bring about a better world. To keep the Internet free and open, we call on communities, industries and countries to recognize these principles. We believe that they will help to bring about more creativity, more innovation and more open societies.

We are joining an international movement to defend our freedoms because we believe that they are worth fighting for…

We hope you’ll agree that these principles are worth fighting for. Please sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom today.

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concerned

What about the Center for Copyright Information which basically lets the MPAA and RIAA spy on all US computer users by partnering up with al major internet service providers? To me this sounds like they will be able to spy on us without any search warrants which would destroy are expectations of privacy on the internet. We need to fight this immediately.

Anonymous

I belong to a website once it was private and it required membership, but was not allowed any religious or political posting, but I violated that by some of my posting and was dismissed from it. Did this violate my freedom of speech or 1st amendments rights? I will provide the web site if necessary> JB

911 and wtc 7.

when will the aclu dare challenge the official story of 911. where wtc 7, a 47 story steel high sky scrapper, was not hit by a plane and came crashing down at free fall speed in less than 10 seconds.

where the twin towers despite holding the weight 25,000 people, millions of pounds of office furniture/plumbing/electrical infrastructer a day, were turned to complete dust. where 2 ton steel beams were hurled 100's of yards into another building.

When will the aclu see that 911 was really a coup de tat, used to steal our freedoms and silence any critics and murder millions for their resources.

All to protect the imperial empire known as the united states of america.

aclu stifles an...

why does the aclu block any 9 1 1 comments? especially those that question the official story. wtc 7 was not hit by a plane and yet this 47 story steel high rise came crashing down in less than 10 seconds at free fall speed. 9 1 1 was used to steal our freedoms and murder millions to steal their resources.

what side is the aclu really on?

aclu stifles an...

aclu.org blocks any comments that question 911 when it was this very event that destroyed freedom/democracy in america.

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