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Preamble

We believe that a free and open Internet can bring about a better world. To keep the Internet free and open, we call on communities, industries and countries to recognize these principles. We believe that they will help to bring about more creativity, more innovation and more open societies.

We are joining an international movement to defend our freedoms because we believe that they are worth fighting for.
 
Let’s discuss these principles — agree or disagree with them, debate them, translate them, make them your own and broaden the discussion with your community — as only the Internet can make possible.
 
Join us in keeping the Internet free and open.
 
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Declaration

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: Don't 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. Don’t block new technologies and don’t punish innovators for their users' actions.
  • Privacy: Protect privacy and defend everyone’s ability to control how their data and devices are used.

 

Sign the Declaration

Organizations: Submit your organization or company's name in the form below. We'll follow up with a confirmation that you have the authority to sign on.

Are you an individual activist? See below for links to take action with participating organizations.

 

Signers

New Signers

  • 5th Cinema
  • cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA
  • CMC LLC
  • DAKILA-Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism (Dumaguete)
  • Fran's Computer Services
  • Free Music Archive
  • Grupo de Software Libre de Cúcuta - Camayihi
  • intelli-weigh
  • Kelompok Masyarakat Informasi Desa Ciburial
  • Megabyte Informática
  • Midwestfixtures.com
  • My Passion Is Books
  • NetZetera
  • Noticiasen10.com
  • OTAKstudio
  • Peer 1 Hosting
  • Punto Áureo
  • RedPaTodos
  • Stichting Ommezwaai
  • Studio Artlan
  • The Interactors Group
  • Toursanak
  • Twztd Srkus

    Organizations & Companies

    • 350.org
    • Access Humboldt
    • Access Take Action!
    • Alliance for Community Media
    • American Civil Liberties Union Take Action!
    • Amicus
    • Amnesty International
    • Association for Progressive Communications
    • Association for Women's Rights in Development
    • Attachments.me
    • Aviary
    • Bill of Rights Defense Committee
    • Bits of Freedom
    • Bolo Bhi
    • Boulder Denver New Tech
    • Boxee
    • Breadpig
    • Bytes for All
    • CALPIRG
    • Calyx Institute
    • Causes
    • Center for Democracy & Technology
    • Center for Digital Democracy
    • Center for Media Justice
    • Center for Rural Strategies
    • Centre for Internet and Society
    • Cheezburger, Inc.
    • Circa
    • ColorOfChange.org
    • Communication Is Your Right
    • CREDO Take Action!
    • DailyKos
    • Demand Progress
    • Digital Democracy
    • Digital Sisters
    • Digitale Gesellschaft e.V. 
    • EchoDitto, Inc.
    • Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
    • Electronic Frontier Foundation Take Action!
    • Entertainment Consumers Association
    • Fark, Inc.
    • Favstar
    • Fight for the Future Take Action!
    • Foundry Group
    • Free Press Take Action!
    • Free Speech TV
    • Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT)
    • Future of Music Coalition
    • Girl Develop It
    • Global Voices Advocacy
    • Globalvision
    • Greenlining
    • Hackers & Founders
    • Harry Potter Alliance
    • Human Rights First
    • Hypothes.is
    • If I Were President
    • Imagine K12
    • Industry Ears
    • Institute for Local Self Reliance
    • Internet Infrastructure Coalition
    • Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice
    • Laughing Squid
    • Levo League
    • Loudsauce
    • Lower Third Productions
    • MacUser magazine
    • MakerBot
    • May First/People Link
    • Media Alliance
    • Media Equity Collaborative
    • Media Literacy Project
    • Media Mobilizing Project 
    • Mojang AB
    • Mother Jones
    • Movements.org
    • Mozilla
    • NAMAC
    • National Hispanic Media Coalition
    • NationBuilder
    • Native Public Media
    • Nawaat
    • Netroots Nation
    • New Media Rights
    • NY Tech Meetup
    • ONG Derechos Digitales
    • Open Knowledge Foundation
    • Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation
    • openDemocracy
    • OpenMedia.ca
    • OpenMIC
    • Orbotix
    • Organizing 2.0
    • Participatory Politics Foundation
    • People's Production House
    • Personal Democracy Media
    • Pirate Party of Spain (PIRATA)
    • Presente.org
    • Privacy Camp
    • Prometheus Radio Project
    • Public Knowledge
    • Public News Service
    • Rebuild the Dream
    • reddit
    • Reporters Without Borders
    • Rewired State
    • Rhizome
    • Ruck.us
    • Save Hosting Coalition
    • Seismologik
    • SEOmoz
    • Shuttleworth Foundation
    • SideTour
    • Singly
    • SlideShare
    • SMBC
    • Social Media Club
    • Sonic.net
    • Techdirt
    • Techstars
    • The Julia Group
    • The UpTake
    • Topspin
    • Trippi & Associates
    • Truthout
    • Tucows
    • Union Square Ventures
    • UNITY Journalists
    • Upworthy
    • Ushahidi
    • VCAM
    • Witness
    • Women In Media & News
    • Women Who Tech
    • Women's Media Center
    • World Wide Web Foundation
    • Y Combinator
    • Yesware
    • Young Rewired State
     
     

    Individuals

    • Ai Weiwei, Artist and activist
    • Hisham Almiraat, co-founder, TalkMorocco.net
    • Marvin Ammori, Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society, Affiliate Scholar 
    • Renata Avila, Global Voices Author, Creative Commons Guatemala.
    • Seth Bannon, founder, Amicus
    • John Perry Barlow, Electronic Frontier Foundation
    • Jason Barnett, The UpTake
    • Sami Ben Gharbia, Nawaat.org
    • Yochai Benkler, Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet & Society
    • Charles Benton, Benton Foundation
    • Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web
    • danah boyd, Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet & Society
    • Diego Casaes, Global Voices Portuguese Lingua Editor
    • Vinton G. Cerf, Internet Pioneer 
    • President Laura Chinchilla, Costa Rica
    • Susan Crawford, Harvard Law School
    • Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing
    • Candace Duval, Congressional Candidate
    • Representative Anna Eshoo
    • Neil Gaiman, author
    • Urs Gasser, Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet & Society
    • Michael Geist, law professor, University of Ottowa
    • Dan Gillmor, Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University
    • Representative Dan Gordon, Rhode Island House of Representatives
    • Nick Grossman, MIT Media Lab, connected.io
    • Tim Hardy, beyondclicktivism
    • Ben Huh, CEO, Cheezburger, Inc.
    • Dan Hunter, Professor of Law & Director, Institute for Information Law & Policy 
    • David S. Isenberg, F2C: Freedom to Connect
    • Representative Darrell Issa
    • Ramzi Jaber, onlinecensorship.org
    • Jeff Jarvis, BuzzMachine.com
    • Samuel Klein, One Laptop Per Child
    • Damian Kulash, OK Go
    • Ronaldo Lemos, Center for Technology & Society at FGV
    • Heather Leson, Ushahidi
    • Rebecca MacKinnon, author, Consent of the Networked
    • Representative Ed Markey
    • Andrew McLaughlin, former deputy CTO, White House
    • Sascha Meinrath, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation
    • Ellen Miller, Executive Director, Sunlight Foundation
    • Craig Montuori, PolitiHacks
    • Glyn Moody, author, Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution
    • Mayor Marty O'Mally, Forest Hills, Pennsylvania
    • Alexis Ohanian, co-founder, reddit
    • John Palfrey, Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet & Society
    • Amanda Palmer, Musician and performer
    • Eli Pariser, Upworthy
    • Representative Chellie Pingree
    • Representative Jared Polis
    • Andrew Rasiej, Founder Personal Democracy Media, Chairman NY Tech Meetup
    • Leila Nachawati Rego, Global Voices Online
    • Patrick Ruffini, Don't Censor the Net
    • Reihan Salam, The Daily, National Review
    • Derek Slater
    • Elizabeth Stark, Stanford University
    • Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation
    • Aaron Swartz, founder and director of Demand Progress
    • Baratunde Thurston, author, How to Be Black
    • Barbara van Schewick, Director, Center for Internet and Society, Stanford Law School
    • Senator Ron Wyden
    • Jillian C. York, Electronic Frontier Foundation
    • Deanna Zandt, author, Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking
    • Jonathan Zittrain, professor and author

     

     

    We are not the first nor will we be the last to attempt to articulate basic principles to guide Internet policy and promote the rights of Internet users around the world. This Declaration of Internet Freedom is part of that ongoing global conversation, and we recognize and rely on these previous efforts.