Last month, CDT’s Executive Director Leslie Harris took to the stage at the Personal Democracy Forum conference in New York to share a hopeful vision: that the powerful moment when the Internet rose up to stop the SOPA bill could be catalyzed into a broader, lasting political movement for Internet freedom. As she said then,
Something profound happened during the SOPA uprising. But if we are going to get from a moment to a movement, our first task is to knit together a common narrative that will bring our stories together into a richer more inclusive whole…. We have to set out a positive vision for the Internet and an agenda that captures the imagination of the electorate, one in which they can envision their future and that of their children.
Even as she spoke, many of the groups and individuals that helped stop SOPA were in the midst of meeting to discuss, draft, debate, and ultimately agree upon basic principles that could serve as a compass and a rallying cry for the emerging net freedom movement. CDT was proud to be a part of that process and is honored to join with many dozens of allies—organizations and individuals, old and new, domestic and international—in sharing the result, posted this morning to the new site www.internetdeclaration.org: