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  • Feb 7th, 2012 @ 2:08pm

    White House Petition - Internet Bill of Rights


    I am putting together another White House Petition on an Internet Bill of Rights. I would like specific feedback.

    Internet Bill of Rights (Draft 3.5)

    Please sign our petition to urge the Administration to officially recognize, support and defend an Internet Bill of Rights:

    As Americans we are grateful for the daily benefits that a free and open Internet brings to us. We petition all branches of the U.S. Government to protect our precious Internet rights and to ensure that our nation is an example of Internet freedom to the rest of the world. As citizens of the United States of America we petition the Administration and Congress to defend our freedoms by enacting an Internet Bill of Rights.

    All humans are born free and equal in dignity and rights, that every personís rights must be respected and protected online. We believe that these rights include the right to life, liberty, and security online. We believe that the Internet belongs to all humanity and it is the right of every person to have a place within it.

    1. Right to Internet Access
    Everyone has an equal right to access and use a secure and open Internet. Everyone shall have universal and open access to access the Internet's legal content, free from discriminatory prioritization, filtering or traffic control on commercial, political or other grounds. Without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

    2. Right to Openness of Information
    Everyone has the right to seek, access, receive and research information freely on the Internet, without censorship, prior restraint, or other illegal interference.

    3. Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Association
    Everyone has the right to the freedom of speech and expression. Everyone has the right to impart their opinions, beliefs and ideas freely on the Internet without censorship, prior restraint or illegal interference. Everyone also has the right to peaceably associate through and on the Internet for all legal social, political, religious, cultural and other purposes.

    4. Right to Privacy
    Everyone has the right to privacy online. This includes freedom from illegal surveillance, the right to be secure in their persons, homes and businesses, to be free from unreasonable search and seizure by law enforcement, the right to use encryption, and the right to online anonymity.

    5. Right of Data Protection
    Everyone has the right to personal data protection, including control over individual personal data collection, retention, processing, disposal and disclosure.

    6. Protection of Intellectual Property
    Every artist, musician, inventor, innovator and creator has the right to intellectual property protection or, if they so elect to release content into the public domain. All creators should be compensated for their works and cultural contributions. Creators should receive intellectual property protection balanced with the publicís need for fair use and eventual release of content into the public domain.

    7. Protection of Format Shifting
    Everyone has the right to transfer content to a device and format shift that content, provided the content was legally obtained, and is for non-commercial private uses only. Everyone has the right, for non-commercial private uses, to record an Internet broadcast, being broadcast for the purpose of privately viewing the work at a later time, provided that the signal is received legally, only one recording is made, is used for private purposes and is not shared or given away.

    8. Protection of Children
    Every child has the right to a safe Internet environment. Children require an Internet that will protect them from harmful influences, pornography, abuse and exploitation. All children deserve the opportunity to participate in an Internet that fully promotes vibrant learning, educational ambition, growth opportunities, family enrichment, and rich cultural and social expression.

    9. Protection of Individuals
    Every individual has the right to a fair and safe online marketplace, to be protected from consumer fraud, deception and unfair business practices. Individuals have the right to be protected from identity theft, hacking, online viruses, spyware, malware, spam and online stalking and harassment.

    10. Protection of Legal Rights
    All individuals have the right to not to be deprived of the foregoing Internet rights without due process of law. Law enforcement has the right and duty to enforce the laws of our country that impact Internet use, but only to do so and to deprive individuals of their life, liberty or property upon probable cause, supported by evidence. The potential punishments and fines associated with Internet offenses shall be both reasonable and not excessive in relation to the alleged offenses. All individuals should be presumed as innocent of Internet related offenses until proven guilty in a court of law.