Declaration of Internet Freedom

Tired of fighting bad bills like SOPA, PIPA and CISPA? Want to stand up against those who are trying to control what we do and say online? It's time for something different.

A group of more than 1,500 organizations, academics, startup founders and tech innovators has come together to produce a Declaration of Internet Freedom, a set of five principles that put forward a positive vision of the open Internet.  

Our goal: Get millions of Internet users to sign on to this Declaration. Build political power for Internet users to make sure that we get a seat at the table whenever, and wherever, the future of the Internet is being decided.

It's time to stop playing defense and start going on the offensive.

The open Internet is central to people’s freedom to communicate, share, advocate and innovate in the 21st century. But powerful interests want to censor free speech, block the sharing of information, hinder innovation and control how Internet users get online.

And all too often, people in power are making political decisions behind closed doors about how the Internet should operate  and they're doing this without the involvement of actual Internet users.

The result: policies that could close down the open Internet and destroy our freedom to connect.

It’s time for us to reclaim the Internet for its users. Take action now and sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom.

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Press Releases

  • Rep. Markey Announces Support for Declaration of Internet Freedom

    October 11, 2012

    WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey announced his support for the five principles in the Declaration of Internet Freedom, joining congressional colleagues Sen. Ron Wyden, Reps. Anna Eshoo, Darrell Issa and Jared Polis and more than 2,000 organizations and 75,000 individuals from more than 130 countries.

  • Rep. Eshoo Signs Declaration of Internet Freedom

    August 28, 2012

    WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, California Rep. Anna G. Eshoo joined congressional colleagues Sen. Ron Wyden, Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Jared Polis, more than 1,800 groups and organizations and 75,000 individuals from more than 130 countries who have signed the Declaration of Internet Freedom since its launch on July 2. The Declaration has also been translated into more than 70 languages.

  • Declaration of Internet Freedom Goes Global, Translated into 63 Languages

    August 7, 2012

    WASHINGTON — The Declaration of Internet Freedom — a statement of principles endorsed by more than 1,500 organizations — has been translated into more than 63 languages. Global Voices, an international coalition of bloggers, organized a 24-hour “translathon” to encourage international participation in the Declaration project and to highlight how everyone has a stake in the future of the Internet.

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News from Around the Web

  • Will the Declaration of Internet Freedom Affect the House Races?

    Daily Dot
    November 6, 2012

    According to reports, 81 of the House of Representatives' 432 available seats could go either way in 2012. Among those safe, though, are the four House members who have signed the Declaration of Internet Freedom, a five-point document, created in July by some of the Internet's best-known activists, that pledges support for a free Internet.

  • Eshoo Signs Declaration of Internet Freedom

    Broadcasting & Cable
    August 29, 2012

    Add the signature of Rep. Anna Eshoo to those who have signed the Declaration of Internet Freedom, which was launched July 2 by a host of Internet freedom backers, from ACLU and Free Press to Mozilla and reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian.

  • A Global Marathon to Translate the Declaration of Internet Freedom

    Global Voices
    July 26, 2012

    The world may be glued to the TV to watch the start of the Olympic Games in London, but a group of translators are excited about another challenge: the Internet Freedom Translathon, a marathon to get the Declaration of Internet Freedom translated in as many languages and dialects as possible over the course of 24 hours on Friday August 3.

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People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good