A new freepress.net website was published. It is being marketed as pro Internet freedom and published a ‘Declaration of Internet Freedom’ as follows:
We stand for a free and open Internet.
We support transparent and participatory processes for making Internet policy and the establishment of five basic principles:
Expression: Dont 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. Dont block new technologies, and dont punish innovators for their users actions.
Privacy: Protect privacy and defend everyones ability to control how their data and devices are used.
This declaration was created to reflect the spirit of the American declaration of independence from British colonialism. It is a populist publication and does not come close to address the inadequate sharing of global resources between countries.
In the Internet resource game, the citizens of poorer countries will always play second fiddle. Even as the Americans are auctioning off the gTLD space, like .whatever for hundreds of thousands of US dollars, the average citizen and average company of an African country has no hope of obtaining a planetary asset.
A declaration of Internet freedom is as a declaration of Internet freedom does. The Internet being free has not allowed it to be fair.