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Preamble

Considering the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 10th December 1948;

Considering that this Declaration aims at securing the universal and effective recognition and observance of the Rights therein declared;

Considering that this declaration was drafted in a pre-internet era and that its application to Internet-era issues have caused concern;

Considering the extraordinary effects the recent, broad adaptation of Internet technologies for all aspects of society has had, and is having on the way people choose to communicate with each other, in private and in public, on the way all kinds of electronic media is produced and consumed, and on the way commerce is conducted. The Internet has enabled far more people to take an active role in their societies, has promoted intensified open debate and inclusive democracy on more equal terms through the simple fact that anyone can publish and discuss matters of interest with a global reach, without having access to prohibitively expensive equipment and advanced technical knowledge;

Considering in particular:

  • the phenomenal growth of valuable content, software and knowledge in the public domain and the positive effects it has on society at large
  • the positive effects on democracy, economic growth and equal opportunity by offering disadvantaged groups access to, and means to produce valuable content including for education & training
  • the way individuals, families and groups chooses to document their private and professional life’s on-line, make friends and stay in touch with friends and family in an era of globalization
  • the growth of even very private and sensitive communications over the Internet and other networks and the improved efficiencies and service levels it brings to sectors such as healthcare, banking, accounting, taxation, legal and other sectors
  • technologies to record, recognize and use biometric data and it’s emerging use on the Internet;

Considering that our common digital heritage will be of great importance for present and future generations and that increasingly, individuals choose to record and document their life’s in digital and Internet-ready formats; and contribute to our common digital heritage in the ways they choose. It has been estimated that documenting a life-time in digital format takes a few terabytes of storage – that will need to be kept in a way that preserves readability, integrity and privacy for prolonged time.

Considering that a significant, and growing part of the global economy will depend on open source software and it’s associated services;

Have agreed as follows:

Article 1

The continued growth of quality content, knowledge and software in the public domain that is free for anyone to use should be promoted and actively supported for the common good. The continued development of open licensing forms such as GNU General Public License, GPL and Creative Commons should also be supported and actively promoted.

Article 2

All content, information, data, knowledge and software developed, compiled or documented using public funding should be made available in the public domain in formats and using licensing forms that promotes their continued use and further development in the public domain.

All online content and services provided by publicly funded organisations should be made accessible for all, regardless of cognitive abilities, disabilities and age.

Article 3

Everyone has the right to access the Internet at any time and for any duration, and to use any service provided on the Internet as they wish. Everyone should have the freedom to choose and change Internet Service Provider and method and scope for his/hers Internet connection(s) as he/she sees appropriate. Everyone should have the right to choose the access device he/she wishes to use for accessing the Internet independently of his/her choice of Internet Service Provider.

Less privileged groups should be given access on favourable terms.

Article 4

Everyone has the right to form, seek membership in, belong to, contribute to, benefit from and leave any online group. Such membership cannot be forced.

Article 5

Everyone has the right to remain anonymous on the Internet and no one has the right to engage in activities seeking to identify a person behind a site visitor, sender or receiver of e-mails or other forms of communications or identifications unless a competent court of justice has issued an arrest warrant. Everyone has the right to use any available tools such as encryption to preserve his/hers anonymity online.

Article 6

Everyone, and any group has the right to freely publish content such as, but not limited to, text, audio, video, data, information, knowledge and software on the Internet and to freely engage in discussions with others on the Internet regarding for example ways to further improve such content. It is the sole right of the author/group of authors to decide the terms for such publication and further use by others. The continued growth of quality content in the public domain should be encouraged and promoted using recognized open licensing forms such as GNU General Public License, GPL and Creative Commons licensing.

Such work is considered to be free for all to use in any form and for any purpose if no licensing form is decided and announced by the author or if no author can reliably be identified.

Article 7

Everyone, or any group acting as an author has the right to be recognized for her/his works. Every author has the right to remain anonymous or publish works under a freely chosen pseudonym.

Article 8

Everyone has the right to link to published content on the Internet, regardless of it’s licensing form and ownership, provided adequate recognition is given to the linked contents author and that such linking preserves the linked sites characteristics. Linking to another authors published content assumes no responsibility for that content.

Everyone has the right to quote selected sentences of text from other authors published works provided a reference and preferably a link is provided to the quoted work.

Everyone has the right to use any authors published works in accordance with their respective licensing terms. Such licensing terms must be reasonable and must not infringe on anyone’s rights according to this Declaration.

Article 9

Everyone has the full and sole rights to any digital imprint of his/her body, organs or bodily functions such as genetic sequence, protein structure, medical images, chemical nature and activities, physical characteristics such as dimensions, shape, colour and texture, electrical signals, voice and movement characteristics and he/she should be considered the author of such information with the corresponding rights even if another party has recorded this digital imprint. Everyone has the right of giving another party the rights to use such digital imprints to create derivative works, including but not limited to scientific conclusions and new knowledge in medicine.

Everyone has the right to refuse any recording of such digital imprints unless required by law. Everyone has the right to know what data is recorded and stored, where it is stored, for what purpose it is used and kept, for how long it is preserved and who has the right to access and use the information. Such recording and storage of usage data must be reasonable and must not infringe on the rights in this Declaration. Everyone has the right to have any such data, kept by anyone, deleted at any time unless required by law.

Article 10

Everyone has the full and sole rights to any documentation, recording or representation of his/her private life performed in his/her private home or physical or electronic venue regardless of who recorded this data. Everyone has the right of protection against intrusion into his/hers private life or any electronic representation thereof in accordance with Article 12 in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Article 11

Everyone has the right to be protected against online attacks upon his honour and reputation in accordance with Article 12 in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Children and other specially vulnerable groups must be given special attention.

Article 12

Everyone has the right to communicate with others using the Internet and have the right to decide to do so in private. No one has the right to interfere with, intercept or corrupt communications over the Internet. Everyone has the right to protect any communications using any form of encryption or similar safeguards that is available on the Internet in order to preserve it’s confidentiality, integrity and authenticity.

Article 13

Everyone has the right to make any provision he/she sees fit to protect his/hers IT equipment, data and services from unauthorized access, intrusion, changes and destruction. Everyone has the right to deny anyone access to his/hers IT equipment, data and services for any duration of time. Any data that results from a persons use of a leased service or leased equipment is the property of that person and must be made available to that person upon termination of the leased service or leased equipment in a format that facilitates continued use.

Everyone has the right to archive private data online while preserving full ownership, confidentiality, integrity and safety from destruction or corruption. No one has the right to access such information without the explicit permission of the owner, or after an order from a competent court of justice. Such archiving must preserve full readability of data over prolonged time, regardless of future changes in IT equipment and software. Everyone has the right to decide for how long after one’s death such data is to be kept and who should have access to the data.

A deceased persons IT equipment, data and services is inherited as other property.

Article 14

Everyone has the right to see, verify, modify and delete personal information concerning himself/herself stored by a site owner or service provider. Everyone has the right to know what data associated with his/hers use of a particular service is recorded and stored, where it is stored, for what purpose it is used and kept, for how long it is preserved and who has the right to access and use the information. Such recording and storage of usage data must be reasonable and must not infringe on the rights in this Declaration

Article 14a

Everyone has the right to know if an object is equipped for connection to the Internet of Things and what types of information may be communicated. Everyone who owns or leases such an object has the right to control when and if such connections and transmissions should take place

Article 15

Everyone using the Internet has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary treatment in violation of his/her rights according to this Declaration.

Article 16

Everyone has the right to become a site owner by registering a domain name and leasing or setting up the corresponding infrastructure to host a site. A site owner may provide any type of service and may publish any type of content that is not in conflict with the rights of other persons according to this declaration, in conflict with national or international law or interferes with the safe use and operation of the Internet and it’s services.

Article 17

Everyone, acting as a site owner must, if he/she stores and/or utilizes usage data, publish a privacy policy that corresponds to the real use of recorded data and does not conflict with any article in this declaration. A site owner is responsible for enforcing this policy for the duration of the sites existence online.

Article 18

Everyone, acting as a site owner and who decides to accept other authors contributions in his/her site must publish the terms for doing so. All contributions should be attributed to its author. Authors are themselves responsible for their own content.

Article 19

Everyone is responsible for the information he/she is publishing through sites, e-mail accounts and other services controlled by him/her unless this provision is the result of unauthorized use of IT resources that could not reasonably have been prevented. No one is responsible for information received from others regardless if this information was previously requested or not. No Internet Service Provider, ISP has any responsibility to any 3rd party for the content of any communications travelling on it’s network

Article 20

Every ISP must respect the privacy and confidentiality of all communications of all persons using its services and must not provide identities, traffic data nor the contents of communications to any 3rd party unless ordered to do so on an individual person by person basis by a competent court of justice. Everyone affected by such a court order have the right of appeal.

Article 21

Every ISP must only save traffic data to the extent it is necessary for safe and reliable operations and such data must be destroyed in such a way that it cannot be recreated when it no longer fulfils reasonable operational purposes, or for a maximum time of 6 months. ISP’s should be encouraged to keep only the bare minimum of traffic data

Article 22

No ISP have the right to limit traffic in terms of volume or service types for it’s customers unless it negatively and significantly affects the service it provides

Article 23

Every ISP must provide it’s services to all end-user equipment and devices that conforms to generally agreed Internet standards. ISP’s must not require it’s customers to use only a specific device for accessing it’s services and when bundling a service with a specific access device both must be available separately. It must accept access devices from any 3rd party as long as the device conforms to generally agreed Internet standards and causes no negative interference with services provided

Article 24

Applicable laws are international laws and the laws that applies for the territory where the user of Internet services is located