Some fine folks have been hard at work to draft a Declaration of Internet Freedom. I couldn’t agree more with the preamble:
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.
So please go and read the Declaration. If you agree with it, you can sign it by following one of the action links after the Declaration. If you happen to disagree, take a crack at drafting your own either by forking this one or starting from scratch as seen in this separate Declaration. This is exactly what we should be doing at this stage. Again from the preamble:
Let’s discuss these principles — agree or disagree with them, debate them, translate them, make them your own and broaden the discussion with your community — as only the Internet can make possible.
This is a super important topic for all of us. Last week I went to Velocity Conference to talk about why we need such a Declaration now more than ever (I had previously called for an Internet Bill of Rights). If you have 20 minutes, you can watch the talk below.