The ten internet rights and principles
It’s very sad, but urination and wind comes to mind. I’m talking about the Ten Internet Rights and Principles compiled and promoted by the Internet Rights and Principles Dynamic Coalition (IRP). It’s a document we should support; they are principles we need. They include basic stuff like
All humans are born free and equal in dignity and rights, which must be respected, protected and fulfilled in the online environment.
Everyone has an equal right to access and use a secure and open Internet.
All highly principled and non-threatening. But then we get to the more demanding stuff:
Everyone has the right to seek, receive, and impart information freely on the Internet without censorship or other interference.
Everyone has the right to privacy online.
Everyone shall have universal and open access to the Internet’s content, free from discriminatory prioritisation, filtering or traffic control on commercial, political or other grounds.
This they, meaning governments, cannot allow. If we have the Ten Rights we shall have Internet freedom. If we have freedom in cyberworld, we can maintain freedom in the physical world. But the fundamental principle of political evolution is the erosion of personal freedom – so these Rights will be denied. Gently, firmly and for our own good; but denied all the same.