I've signed the Declaration of Internet Freedom, a short, to-to-point manifesto for a free and open Internet. It's attracted some very august signatories, including Amnesty International, Hackers and Founders, Global Voices, Mozilla, the NY Tech Meetup, Personal Democracy, Fight for the Future, Yochai Benkler, danah boyd, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Aaron Swartz and Jonathan Zittrain. You can sign it too, and talk about it here or on Reddit.
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.
As has been pointed out to me everyone from Comcast to Facebook to even the Republican Party could sign this and manage to keep to the wording but not the spirit of this document. I sincerely hope that further down the line we see revisions and specifics written down that wouldn't be so simple to sidestep all while trying to hop on the bandwagon to generate a little good press for yourself.
Unfortunately the cynic in me says this will about be it and we won't see much of anything further from this attempt at getting a few basic freedoms for the web that we know will exist whenever we log in. However Said cynic also said SOPA was going to be a slam dunk no matter who screamed how loud and I was proven wrong then. Here's hoping I"m wrong now.