“We stand for a free and open Internet,” the statement reads. “We support transparent and participatory processes for making Internet policy and the establishment of five basic principles.” Those principles are:
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.
If this seems vague, that was by design. “The principles were drafted intentionally to be as high-level as possible,” said Josh Levy of Free Press during a Monday conference call. “It’s not proposing any specific policies. Instead, it’s meant to put a line in the sand about what things should look like.”
Anti-SOPA veterans issue declaration of Internet freedom | Ars Technica. Line in the sand drawn so tentatively that no one can see. Declarations this mushy are worse than useless.