Proposed "Information Bill of Rights"

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  1. We, the people have the right to information, in any format and by any means of distribution. We have the right to produce, to publish, to advertise, and to consume it without restrictions of format, content, time, manner, or place.
  2. No government, employer, or person shall make a law, policy, or guideline abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or of expression of thought in any format, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and have the right to petition the same for a redress of grievances.
  3. We have the right to choose the means of getting and sending information without censorship, throttling, filtering, or “load balancing” as that might serve to limit the scope of information.
  4. We have the right to choose our means of getting connected, whether with or without wires. We have the right to choose between several service providers regardless of geographic locale. All service providers shall have equal access to any method of distribution whether wired or not.
  5. We have the right to be connected at any place and at any time, whether during a time of peace, war, or marshal law.
  6. We have the right to our opinion and the right to share it with anyone who wants to hear it. We have the right to receive and seek out opinions of others.
  7. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, bits, packets, encryption keys, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, the timeframe of suspicion, and the persons, things, and/or bits to be seized.
  8. We have the right to be secure in our bits and in our packets. We have the right to encryption and have the expectation that there are no “master keys” which would circumvent this security. We have the right to keep and use data-shredding mechanisms for both physical and digital data.
  9. We own any and all information about ourselves, regardless of which server(s) upon which it may resides; we have the right to require that such information be corrected and/or removed upon request. We own the distribution rights to that information and re-distribution without prior authorization is a violation and not permitted under any circumstance.
  10. We have the right to manage information, hardware, software, and data that we have legal purchased, created, licensed, or obtained. Impositions of Digital Rights Management by 3rd parties are a violation or individual rights.
  11. We have the right to play music, movies, videos, and other media on any device and in any format that we wish.
  12. We have the right to make personal archival copies of anything we have purchased, licensed, created, or received.
  13. We have a reasonable expectation of privacy both online and off-line, in our data and our equipment.
  14. This is not an establishment of, creation of, or limitation of rights; rather it is an enumeration of pre-existing rights.

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