Global Internet Bill of Rights. Version 1.0 by Floyd Z. Yancey

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Internet Bill of Rights, Ver 1.0 –Floyd Z.  Yancey

 

WE THE PEOPLE, including any form of business entity, government entity, or organization of any sort,

Recognize the need for a set of rules to protect our rights and freedoms on the internet and anything regarding electronic communication. This includes but is not limited to IP and cellular based phone calls, emails, video streams, news, radio going over the public accessible networks, (The internet). We understand that this technology is subject to change.  We understand with simplicity a boundary exists between a computer and the physical world. We establish this boundary, as a demarcation line for action and prescribe the following rules to govern.

 

1. Free speech: By nature, human beings have differing opinions and are subject to emotion, ill judgement, substance abuse and all sorts of human flaws. In order to preserve ALL speech, and not exclude, there shall be no law or practice regulating opinions, beliefs, statements, misconstrued facts, falsehoods, fabrications, perceived hate speech or any utterance on a keyboard that could have just as easily come out of the persons mouth. We understand, that it’s completely possible to turn off the device in which said communication is being presented and walk away. We accept that which would offend in order to preserve our own rights to unfettered speech.

2. Sharing of digital media: It is understood that copyright holders wish to control their ownership and profit from redistribution of their materials. However, the internet was designed as an open, free source of information sharing. We agree that “Not for profit” use of materials subject or not subject to copyright, is fair game and should be immune to any prosecution, litigation, punitive actions, censorship or restriction by any means. We understand that if the creator wishes to protect said copyright and avoid manipulation, they should do so by NOT placing the item on the internet for public consumption. To define a boundry of fair use, we establish a “Wall” which is defined as the point where data becomes non-private. The inside wall, will be protected, and it is assumed that all data within, is not to be shared to the general public or subject to public use or manipulation. Such items would be corporate data, private emails, conversations between one or more parties, personal videos, texts etc. To clearly define: Any item created by an entity NOT intended for public view. The outside of the “Wall”, will be any item intended for public view and consumption, that is not protected by watermark, payment systems, passwords, or any other mechanism to protect privacy, copyright and extract payment from the consumer.

3. Digital ownership: We recognize the digital footprint of an individual, corporation, artist, group, or entity capable or producing material of a useful nature. We hold this entity responsible for the protection of the material they produce and to not freely distribute the content past the “Wall” as mentioned before, unless they are freely giving the material to the public to consume and manipulate. This will be absolute to avoid “Gray areas”. It is the responsibility or the creator to protect their content, from hackers, pirates, thieves of any sort, or hire a 3rd party to accept liability. We understand the risk involved in placing information on public storage devices. If the material crosses the wall it will be assumed that the creator failed to protect said content, and no punitive actions, will fall upon those unknowing sharing or manipulating such data. Free public data providers are free from liability in any form. Paid providers are subject to liability as defined in contractual agreements. People and entities shall not have their personal data resold, without mutual consideration and consent. Ex: Personal info can not be published OR sold as an investigatory tool, research item, public records lookup, without the written consent and mutual consideration towards the owner. Seeded items with imbedded code for copyright “Baiting” and mass litigation, shall be considered illegal and irrelevant. Mass action lawsuits for such actions shall be considered null and void, past present and future. Those who have been a victim of such lawsuits shall have the right to receive any money lost from the accusing party, as legal recourse.

4. Internet contracts: We understand, as individuals not trained in law, that clicking a checkbox to “Sign up” or “Agree” and having consequences applied is unfair and impractical. No internet contract shall be enforceable unless there is an agreement, money transferred, and/or mutual consideration given. The consequences of default on the contract must not outweigh the value of the transaction. Punitive damages are not to apply to an internet contract. Contract “by use” is not permitted.

5. Digital evidence: We understand that digital media, pictures, videos, sounds, can easily be altered, and should not be considered as evidence in any legal proceeding. We understand that digital archives are expensive to maintain, and the evidence that could be collected is subject to corruption, manipulation, identity theft, fact change, abuse by corrupt governments and leaders to silence opposition. We demand that all archived data be solely under the control of the end user, at their discretion as whether allow for retention, NOT retained by default, and not to be scanned or otherwise harvested by third parties. There shall be no laws requiring permanent storage of data by any parties. Wiretapping of any digital evidence should be considered tainted and only used for research. It will not be admissible in court. The creator of any material outside the wall, retains controlling ownership, and the right to delete such content whenever they choose.

6. Government regulation of private corporations: No government shall play a role in the collection or harvesting of data inside or outside the wall. It shall not enforce censorship, fact checking, speech controls, policing, or political manipulation, nor shall it require, advocate, persuade, or influence the actions of private corporations, other than to force compliance with this bill of rights.

7. Monopolization of information: No private or government entity shall use it’s resources to influence public opinion for any agenda, unless they advertise such alliances/political goals with each dated, public, release of information. The public should always be aware of any political alignment or favoritism attached to an informational release of any sort. The private individual or organized entities inside the “wall” are immune.

8. Advertising: We recognize the need for ad revenue, but also the need for tangible content. We declare that no entity whatsoever shall utilize more than 5% of a users data throughput up or down for  advertising related services. Advertising packages, attachments, software, malware or any device capable of delivering ads to the consumer must be opt in by default, and such delivery and methods must be clearly described to the consumer before the opt-in option is given. Bait and click, Trojan horse, or any ad delivery or data harvesting methods where an agreement is not made and mutual consideration given shall be considered illegal, and subject to prosecution.

9. Whistleblower and leak protection We understand the need for disclosure of information that benefits the individual citizen and protects said individual from corruption and harm, including misuse of taxes, abuse of governmental power, misinformation campaigns, fake news and anything that would cause a citizen to be at the disadvantage with lack of said knowledge. A data release which causes detriment to any organization but benefits the general citizenry shall become public knowledge and be outside the realm of prosecution/punishment to any and all involved. We understand it is up to the owner of said information to protect it. Failure to do so is not a burden to the public. Public use of such released information shall not be questioned or hindered in any way.

10. Personal responsibility. We desire a free and open internet. In doing so we understand that private policing by governmental entities is cost prohibitive and logistically impossible. As there are billions of potential individual entities on the internet, we take responsibility for our own actions and hold private corporations and governments immune. We understand, as this is a digital connection we can always “Walk away”. Should any matter, or action become non-digital, Ex: Someone threatening you in person, it shall be subject to normal laws and regulations. We, being informed citizens, understand that digital information is subject to alteration, & will consider blackmail data, photos, and any other digital information to be unreliable, false by default. Any release of such data should have NO credibility, and any action taken if necessary shall be between the target of the action and the person to release such info. Personal opinion & voice shall be ignored and considered free speech and irrelevant in any legal proceedings.

11. Court of public opinion. Any digital claim made by anyone against a company govt, organization or other individual shall be considered free speech and treated as such. In order to protect free speech and transfer of information, no consideration shall be given to slander, libel, or defamation. Any derogatory utterance or assembly of individuals to voice opposition to a company, govt, organization, individual shall be considered irrelevant online. Only in physical form, such as newsprint, flyers, postal mailings, shall such information be considered by local governing laws. Damage by the “Court of Public Opinion” shall be considered free speech and immune to any adverse effects to the consumer.

12: Pornography: There shall be no censorship or control of human sexuality.  We understand that pornography/nudity may offensive in different degrees depending on which area of the world in which we live. It is not the job of the government to dictate sexual preference or moral law. We understand it is up to ourselves as citizens to police what we and our families view. We always have the option to look away, or turn off the computer.  We do recognize the need to protect minors and any who can’t consent. To this end will defer to the local authorities to enforce such protections.  Other than to protect those entities, we reserve the rights to view or not view based upon our own personal beliefs, enforced by ourselves, and not infringe on others and inflict our moral beliefs upon them.

 

Summary: We consider this an international binding agreement. We consider this “internet” medium as outlet of expression for humanity and a unified digital landscape, free from boundaries, hindrances, persecution and control. We realize the need for open communication to allow for the spread of knowledge and dissolve barriers that create ignorance and hate. We understand that in order to facilitate such ideals, we must alter our beliefs and accept that there are things and individuals who will offend our beliefs. We are willing to accept the consequences of interacting with others that may have different opinions, beliefs or laws than to which we are accustomed. We will not sacrifice liberty and freedom for security.

 

Signed,

The people of the Earth.