The Plone Foundation has become a signatory to the Declaration of Internet Freedom, an online effort to keep the internet free and open.
The Declaration is follows:
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
You can find out more about the Declaration by visiting http://www.internetdeclaration.org/
Matt Hamilton, President of the Plone Foundation, signed on behalf of the Plone community following a unanimous vote of the Foundation's Board of Directors.
Hamilton explained their decision to become signatories by saying "I believe this is an important declaration to protect the future of the internet as we know it. It is these very principals that have enabled the creation of Plone and other Open Source software. When you give people the unrestricted ability to put their ideas into code and to contribute those ideas, you can see amazing things happen. Over the past decade, Plone has grown and innovated due to the combined work of thousands of people worldwide. These people need an internet that is open, uncensored, and trustworthy."