As part of grassroots efforts to stand for digital rights and related intellectual freedoms, I want to promote EFA’s five substantive principles:
- free expression: people should be able to speak their minds to whomever will listen.
- security: technology should be trustworthy and answer to its users.
- privacy: technology should allow private and anonymous speech, and allow users to set their own parameters about what to share with whom.
- creativity: technology should promote progress by allowing people to build on the ideas, creations, and inventions of others.
- access to knowledge: curiosity should be rewarded, not stifled
I endorse these principles with the support of a few of my collaborators. In particular, Brandon Smith, independent journalist, and George Walker, technologist and consultant.