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Crowdsourcing Freedom: What Can We As A Global User Community Do To Further The UN’s Vision of An Internet Free of Government Intervention?
On June 3, 2011 the Human Rights Council of the United Nations declared Internet Access a fundamental human right. It seeks universal access with freedom from government interference in all aspects of internet operation. It generally follows the guidance of a global coalition of Human Rights, Technology, Investors, The Global Network Initiative http://www.globalnetworkinitiative.org/newsandevents/Diverse_Coalition_Launches_New_Effort_To_Respond_to_Government_Censorship_and_Threats_to_Privacy.php envisioning its primary use and control by users and providers to further global conversation.
This visionary document distinguishes the internet from radio, television, and the press by virtue of its user driven content and locates the internet in the legal tradition of the right of assembly, the right to privacy, and free speech. Under the UN resolution government interference with the internet is sanctioned only to prevent the exploitation of children and to circumscribe inciting to violence. Otherwise the resolution calls for absolutely no interference by any government. Consistent with the General Assembly’s role as a deliberative body(rather than an enforcement body) it invites the world community to recognize and protect the unique possibilities of the internet as a voice of “we the people of earth”
How do we at TED crowdsource the realization of this user provider controlled vision of the internet?
Please read this March 2011 TED Conversation discussing whether access to the internet is a universal human right..interestingly many did not agree http://www.ted.com/conversations/606/should_the_internet_be_a_funda.html
At Pur TED Common Values poll I added the internet as a fundamanetal human right..visit and vote yea or nay at www.goo.gl/mod/0073