Thanks for sharing this Bill…
Since the Declaration of Internet Freedom launched ( http://www.internetdeclaration.org/) last month, more than 1,600 organizations have signed on and notable individuals like Chinese activist Ai Weiwei, Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, and even Rep. Darrell Issa have added their names, as have a bunch of journalism organizations and more than 70,000 activists from around the world. It's also been translated into 63 languages thanks to a "translathon" run by our friends at Global Voices.
The next step we are working on now is to organize as many Internet freedom meetups as possible. They’re the best way to get the public to engage with the Declaration - discuss it, remix it, hack it, whatever - and to help build a movement to protect Internet freedom for good. Here's a post my colleague wrote about how people can get involved: http://www.savetheinternet.com/blog/2012/07/25/i-love-smell-internet-...
Let me know if you want to host a chat, a salon, or some other local event! It doesn't have to be big at all and we can help recruit attendees. Some people are doing a BBQ, others are having a happy hour and film screening, others are doing a teach-in - each community is defining what they want to do and using this tool to coordinate: http://www.savetheinternet.com/internet-summer.
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On Jul 2, 2012, at 10:49 PM, Bill Densmore <wpdensm...@gmail.com<mailto:wpdensm...@gmail.com>> wrote:
From FreePress.net<http://FreePress.net> . . .
July 2, 2012
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Contact: Jenn Ettinger, 202-265-1490 x 35
Coalition of Internet Advocates Launches 'Declaration of Internet Freedom'
WASHINGTON ÿÿ On Monday, Free Press joined more than 100 advocacy groups, human rights organizations, technology companies and Internet
luminaries to launch the "Declaration of Internet Freedom," a set of principles providing a positive vision to preserve the Internet as a
platform for speech, innovation and creativity.
The Declaration (available at InternetDeclaration.org<http://InternetDeclaration.org>) has already been signed by organizations around the world, including the American
Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla and Cheezburger, Inc., as well as individual open
Internet advocates like Yochai Benkler, danah boyd and Susan Crawford, reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and Techdirt founder Mike Masnick.
Signers will continue outreach to additional groups, collect individuals' signatures, and organize a series of events to discuss the
principles over the next several months.
Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron made the following statement:
"Today's launch of the Declaration of Internet Freedom is another major step forward in the growing movement to define and defend the online
freedoms all people should enjoy. We've seen the power that millions of people have against threats from corporate and government interests
alike ÿÿ whether in fighting for Net Neutrality or against SOPA. Now comes a moment for us to shape, to debate and to unite behind a
positive, proactive vision for the Internet's future."
Read Sascha Meinrath and Craig Aaronÿÿs piece on Slate:
Free Press Internet Campaign Director Josh Levy made the following statement:
"Earlier this year, a big-tent, post-partisan coalition came together to fight against SOPA and PIPA, two bills that threatened to cause
irreparable harm to the open Internet. Now members of this same group are fighting not just to stop bad legislation, but to secure and
protect our universal freedom to connect online. We want Internet users worldwide to engage with these principles, discuss them, remix them
and make them their own, improving the final product in ways that only the Internet makes possible."
Read Josh Levyÿÿs piece on the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/josh-levy/after-sopa-a-declaration_b_16...
The text of the Declaration follows below.
Declaration of Internet Freedom
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
Innovation: Protect the freedom to innovate and create without permission. Donÿÿt block new technologies, and donÿÿt punish innovators for
their users' actions.
Privacy: Protect privacy and defend everyoneÿÿs ability to control how their data and devices are used.
Free Press is a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media. Free Press does not support or oppose any candidate for
public office. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, and
universal access to communications. Learn more at www.freepress.net
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