People are a product of what they read, learn, understand & experience
Societies are a product of its people, how they interact, share ideas and communicate
The Internet empowers people and enables societies to be free, which is why governments want to control it
Control of the Internet, is control over its people
The Internet has a vital role to foster sustainable human development and democratic societies
1- Universality and Equality
All humans are born free and equal in dignity and rights, which must be respected, protected and fulfilled in the online environment.
2- Rights and Social Justice
The Internet is a space for the promotion, protection and fulfilment of human rights and the advancement of social justice.
Everyone has an equal right to access and use a secure and open Internet.
4- Expression and Association
Everyone has the right to seek, receive, and impart information freely on the Internet without censorship or other interference.
5- Privacy and Data Protection
Everyone has the right to privacy online. This includes freedom from surveillance, the right to use encryption, and the right to online anonymity. Everyone also has the right to data protection, including control over personal data collection, retention, processing, disposal and disclosure.
6- Life, Liberty and Security
The rights to life, liberty, and security must be respected, protected and fulfilled online. These rights must not be infringed upon, or used to infringe other rights, in the online environment.
Cultural and linguistic diversity on the Internet must be promoted, and technical and policy innovation should be encouraged to facilitate plurality of expression.
8- Network Equality
Everyone shall have universal and open access to the Internet’s content, free from discriminatory prioritisation, filtering or traffic control on commercial, political or other grounds.
9- Standards and Regulation
The Internet’s architecture, communication systems, and document and data formats shall be based on open standards that ensure complete interoperability, inclusion and equal opportunity for all.
Human rights and social justice must form the legal and normative foundations upon which the Internet operates and is governed. This shall happen in a transparent and multilateral manner, based on principles of openness, inclusive participation and accountability.
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If you agree with these principles and would like to voice your support, please sign the petition calling upon governments and telecommunication companies to adopt them.
We acknowledge the Ten Internet Rights and Principles enshrined in the Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet;
We call on all Arab governments to respect, protect, promote and fulfill the Internet human rights of their citizens;
We urge all Arab governments to adopt the Ten Internet Rights and Principles and ensure they are being enjoyed by all everywhere;
We demand the Arab governments to recognise these rights and principles within their jurisdictions and guarantee they are binding to the telecommunication companies as well as other actors;
We request the private sector and telecommunication companies to respect these rights and principles as part of their social responsibility toward the community and to embrace them as Internet rights benchmarks.
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