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Global open Internet treaty

From an article by Mark Ballard in ComputerWeekly:

Europe has proposed a global Internet Treaty to protect the net from political interference and place into international law its founding principles of open standards, net neutrality, freedom of expression and pluralistic governance.

The draft law was compared to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty as the Council of Europe presented it to web luminaries from around the world at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Vilnius, Lithuania, this week.

This strikes me as a way better idea than declaring Net access to be a human right. Not only is it more likely to be accepted — which is not to say that it’s likely that it will be — but it also gets the scope of the Net’s importance roughly right. Food first. But if you’re going to have Internet access, it should be to the actual Internet, not some bowdlerized, commercialized, censored pretender.

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