In an essay framing the struggle for power over the Internet in feudalistic terms, Bruce Schneier calls for a new body of rules governing the behavior of the players in the conflict. He calls it "a new Magna Carta focused on the institutions that abuse power in the 21st century."
How about we call it a Declaration of Digital Freedom. And how about we write it together, right here.
Elements of this new Magna Carta should take into account a number of principles. Here are a few I extracted from Schneier's essay:
- Transparency in terms of revealing and describing how data is used on the Internet.
- Evaluation of how institutions and individuals are using the data by independent, informed experts.
- Enforcement of rules by meaningful and deliverable punishments.