[permaculture] Internet Bill of Rights & Online privacy - outstanding excerpt from a Boing-Boing article.

Lawrence F. London, Jr. venaurafarm at bellsouth.net
Thu Dec 10 05:22:29 EST 2009

Help draft the "Internet Bill of Rights"
Pirate Party MEP Christian Engström is drafting an Internet Bill of 
Rights for introduction into the European Parliament, and he's seeking 
your advice on the language:

     I will give a first draft of an answer to the first question: What 
sections should be in the Internet Bill of Rights?

     1. Fundamental rights. The European Convention on Human Rights 
should be respected on the net as well, including Article 8 (the right 
to privacy) and Article 10 (information freedom).

     2. Net neutrality. Internet operators should provide neutral 
connections without any restrictions on content, sites, platforms, or 
the kinds of equipment that may be attached.

     3. Mere conduit. I return for providing net neutrality, Internet 
operators and other suppliers of information infrastructure should not 
be held responsible for the information exchanged by their clients.

     These are my first suggestions. Are there any other areas that 
ought to be covered by an Internet Bill of Rights? The floor is open, 
and all suggestions and comments are welcome.

Let's write an Internet Bill of Rights
(via The Command Line) http://thecommandline.net/

What eloquence!


Bruce Schneier calls bullshit with eloquence: "For if we are observed in 
all matters, we are constantly under threat of correction, judgment, 
criticism, even plagiarism of our own uniqueness. We become children, 
fettered under watchful eyes, constantly fearful that -- either now or 
in the uncertain future -- patterns we leave behind will be brought back 
to implicate us, by whatever authority has now become focused upon our 
once-private and innocent acts. We lose our individuality, because 
everything we do is observable and recordable."

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