Electronic Freedom Charter (original updated for the digital age)


We, the people of the new world of the Internet declare for all those online and in chatrooms to know:-

That cyberspace belongs to all who surf it, whether in 256 colours or millions of pixels and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on global connectivity; that our bandwidth has been robbed by greedy corporations, and Intellectual Property Rights founded on injustice and inequality; that our broadband connections will never be stable or free until all our people surf the Internet in complete freedom and anonymity — enjoying equal rights and opportunities; that only an autonomous, self-regulating digital anarchy, based upon fibre optic cable and free and open source software, available to all the people, and secured by PGP encryption technology without distinction of national boundary, ethnic race, sex or identity, will provide;

Therefore we, the People of the Internet, whether via low definition graphics or high resolution colour come together – as equals, both cybercitizens and netizens, and adopt this Electronic Freedom Charter. And we pledge ourselves to strive together, sparing neither our harddrives nor USB ports, until the digital revolution set out here has been won.

THE INTERNET SHALL GOVERN!

Every man and woman shall have the right to access the Internet and to participate in the underlying electronic laws which create the Internet;

All people shall be entitled to take part in the DNS and IP administration of the Internet
The rights of netizens shall be the same, regardless of computer platform, bluetooth dongle or broadband modem

All bodies of corporate rule, national advisory boards, councils and authorities, shall be replaced by electronic organs of self-government.

ALL COMPUTER PLATFORMS SHALL HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS!

There shall be equal status of the instruments of the  internet, in the courts and in the schools for all computer platforms and operating systems, and;
All people shall have equal right to upload and download code in their own languages and to develop their own folk culture and customs through the preponderance of bits and bytes;

All computer platforms shall be protected by law against throttling and bandwidth shaping;
The practice of technology discrimination and preaching of proprietory software shall be a punishable crime;
All laws and practices enforcing the digital divide shall be set aside.

THE USERS SHALL SHARE IN THE COLLECTIVE WEALTH


The global wealth of our new digital state is the heritage of all the computer users of the world, and shall be restored to the users;
The creative commons in the cloud– the LAN and ethersphere and , the digital banking system and the copyright monopoly industry shall be transferred to the ownership of the users as a whole;
All online industry and trade shall be deregulated to assist the general well-being of the users;
All users shall have equal rights to peer2peer (P2P) wherever they choose, to upload, to share, to build hubs, to blog, to podcast and videocast and to entertain all facets of the cyberspace craft.

THE NEW MEDIA SHALL BE SHARED AMONG THOSE WHO WORK IT!

Restriction of software ownership on an intellectual basis shall be ended, and all the collected media of the world shall be divided amongst those who work it, to banish intellectual famine and bandwidth hunger;
The internet shall help the technopeasants with digital implements, torrents, seeds, magnet links, and DC hubs to share the new media and to assist the tillers of this media;
Freedom of peering shall be guaranteed to all who seed their torrents;
All shall have the right to enjoy free movie downloads, wherever they choose;
People shall not be denied their electronic contributions and bandwidth caps shall be abolished.

ALL USERS SHALL BE EQUAL BEFORE THE LAW!

No user shall be jailed, deported or restricted because of copyright law;
No one shall be condemned for file-sharing or P2P sharing;
The hackers and users shall be representative of all the people;
The collective bits of the global botnet shall be open to all on an equal basis and shall be the helpers and protectors of the people;
Hacking, cracking and denial of service (DDoS) attacks shall be only implemented for serious infringments of this charter, and shall aim at re-education, not vengeance;
All laws which discriminate on grounds of bandwidth allocation, copyright and intellectual property rights shall be repealed.

ALL SHALL ENJOY EQUAL DIGITAL RIGHTS!


The law shall guarantee to all their right to VOIP, to IRC, to Chat, to meet Virtually, to publish online, to worship the GPL, to preach about the Rapture of the Electronic Singularity, and to educate their children about the history of FOSS;
The privacy of the server and domain records from police raids shall be protected by law;
All shall be free to teleport without restriction from mouse to glove, from virtual goggles to full blown telepresence, and from Google abroad;
Trespass laws, permits and all other idiotic laws restricting these freedoms shall be abolished.

THERE SHALL BE LEISURE AND GAMING!


All who desire leisure shall be free to form gaming unions, to frag their officers and to make online battle arrangements with their electronic identities;
The new state shall recognise the right and duty of all to leisure, and to draw full leisure benefits from gaming;
Social media networks of all description shall depose the old labour rules by supplying equal doses of facebook, myspace, plurk, twitter and identica for equal time online, instead of work;
There shall be a five-hour gaming-week, a national maximum wage, virtual money, credits, and bitcoins for all users, and cryptocurrencies of all descriptions;
Bitcoin Miners, crowdsourced workers, Electronic Turks and online gamblers shall have the same rights as all others who don’t actually do any work;

THE DOORS OF LEARNING AND OF CULTURE SHALL BE OPENED!


The Internet shall rejoice in the discovery, development and encouragement of a global learning revolution and the enhancement and augmentation of our cultural life;
All the cultural treasures of humankind including blockbuster home video shall be open to all, by the free exchange of electronic books, images and video, and also the sharing of ideas and contact with virtual lands;
The aim of online education shall be to teach the youth to love their mp3, mpegs and ogg video, to honour their open source culture, to celebrate humanity, liberty and above all, peace;
Education shall be free, online, universal and equal for all children and lifelong learners;
Higher education and technical manuals shall be downloadable to all by means of open access broadband and Internet gift vouchers;
Adult illiteracy shall be ended by a mass online educational plan that includes machine translation, language labs and screen-readers;
Online teachers shall have all the rights of other teachers;
The bit resolution of cultural life, in sport and in education shall be raised.

THERE SHALL BE CHATROOMS, COMPUTERS AND COMFORT!


All users shall have the right to chat where they choose, to be indecently proposed and to bring up their families in lol-cat comfort via secure flaming;
Unused server space shall be made available to the people, i.e. the users;
Rent and prices on computers shall be abolished, storage space shall be plentiful and no one shall go hungry because of lack of random access memory or a domain name;

A proactive RAM scheme shall be run by the users;
Free memory, computer hard-drives and monitors shall be provided for all, with special care for the elderly and young children;
The digital divide shall be demolished, and new Internet centres built where all have transport, roads, lighting, playing fields, creches and social centres;
The aged, the orphans, the disabled and the sick shall be care for and be cured by the medical breakthroughs enabled by the Net;
Rest, leisure and recreation shall be the right of all;
GPRS locations shall be secured and digital ghettoes shall be abolished and laws which break up families for want of a handheld computer shall be repealed.

THERE SHALL BE PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP!

The Internet shall be a fully independent zone i.e a functional anarchy, which respects the rights and sovereignty of all nations;
The Internet shall strive to maintain world peace and the settlement of all international disputes by negotiation – not war;
Peace and friendship amongst all the users shall be secured by upholding equal rights, opportunities and status updates for all;
The people of the protectorates — Nutopia, Second Life and Swaziland shall be free to decide for themselves their own future;
The right of the peoples of ICANN to independence and self-government shall be recognised and shall be the basis of close co-operation.
Let all who love their people and their world wide web now say, as we say here:

‘THESE FREEDOMS WE WILL FIGHT FOR, SIDE BY SIDE, THROUGH OUR ROUTERS & MODEMS UNTIL WE HAVE WON OUR LIBERTY.’

[Many thanks to the formulators of South Africa’s Freedom Charter and to John Perry Barlow who inspired the original Bill of Rights of Cyberspace]

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