Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of social news site reddit, and Josh Levy, a campaign manager at Internet and media-advocacy site Free Press, have helped create the “Declaration of Internet Freedom,” a new effort to ward off federal Internet antipiracy laws (such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), for example). Since its launch earlier this week, the declaration has collected signatures from more than 100 groups and individuals, including Internet pioneer Vint Cerf and Cheezburger Inc. founder Ben Huh.
As reported by entrepreneur.com’s Jason Fell, the declaration is hinged on five main 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.
You can Jason Fell’s full post here.