August 1, 2012 | By Jillian York

The Declaration of Internet Freedom: Not Just for Americans

In early July, EFF joined an international coalition of civil society groups in supporting the new Declaration of Internet Freedom, a set of basic principles for upholding rights in the digital realm. The five core principles of the Declaration address the basic rights to free expression, openness, access, innovation and privacy. Among the Declaration's global signatories are prominent groups and organizations such as Amnesty International, Global Voices Advocacy, the Association for Progressive Communications, the Centre for Internet and Society, Nawaat, and Ushahidi; the full list of more than 1,700 signatories can be found here.

In an effort to make the Declaration accessible worldwide, the organizers have teamed up with Global Voices Online to translate the document into as many languages as possible. As of today, the Declaration is already available in 28 languages, including French, Arabic, Spanish, Dutch, and even Aymara and Malagasy!

Still, we hope to reach an even wider audience: On Friday, beginning at midnight GMT, Global Voices will launch a 24-hour "translathon", in which translators—professional and hobbyists alike—can come together in a central location to tackle as many remaining languages as they can. To get involved, you can sign up here.

Haven't signed the Declaration yet? No problem! International supporters can sign on to EFF's action alert (or if you live in the US, you can send an email to Congress urging your representative to sign).

Join us in our fight to make the Internet a better place!


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