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Young people vote on internet “bill of rights”

Resource / Young people vote on internet “bill of rights”

By Laura Picot / 22 Jun 2015

To celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta the British Library launched an international schools’ programme inviting young people from around the world to consider their rights and responsibilities online. Over 30,000 votes were cast across 500 clauses for a “Magna Carta for the digital age”. Clauses stipulating freedom from censorship and open access topped the poll. According to the British Library’s website, the outcome “presents a snapshot of the public's hopes for the future of the Web in 2015.”

The 10 most popular clauses were:

  1. Not let companies pay to control it, and not let governments restrict our right to information.

  2. Allow freedom of speech.

  3. Be free from government censors in all countries.

  4. Not allow any kind of government censorship.

  5. Be available for all those who wish to use it.

  6. Be free from censorship and mass surveillance.

  7. Allow equal access to knowledge, information and current news worldwide.

  8. Have freedom of speech.

  9. Not be censored by the government.

  10. Not sell our personal information and preferences for money, and make it clear if the company/website intends to do so.

Image credit: British Library

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