The Manitoba Library Association has endorsed the Declaration of Internet Freedom, standing alongside hundreds of other organizations around the world that desire for the Internet to be both free and open.
Other signers of the Declaration include Amnesty International, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Reporters Without Borders, and OpenMedia.ca.
The five principles that the declaration is composed of reflect in many ways the core values of modern librarianship.
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.
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