Monday, 15 June 2015

Internet Magna Carta top ten

Yesterday I wrote about the British Library’s Magna Carta for the Digital Age.  The top ten clauses of “the web we want will…” as selected by young people and voted for by the British public are so far:

  1. The Web we want will not let companies pay to control it, and not let governments restrict our right to information
  2. The Web we want will allow freedom of speech
  3. The Web we want will be free from government censors in all countries
  4. The Web we want will not allow any kind of government censorship
  5. The Web we want will be available for all those who wish to use it
  6. The Web we want will be free from censorship and mass surveillance
  7. The Web we want will allow equal access to knowledge, information and current news worldwide
  8. The Web we want will have freedom of speech
  9. The Web we want will not be censored by the government
  10. The Web we want will not sell our personal information and preferences for money, and will make it clearer if the company/Website intends to do so

I can’t fault the sentiment.  There’s a lot of overlap, ambiguity and naiveté, but that’s not a bad thing.  The aim of the project is to find out what people want and it’s doing that. 

I haven’t voted myself because I know the choices would enrage me.

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