Digital Liberty, a baseline

I am preparing to write a blog on Digital Liberty and the Parties’ manifesto positions. I was looking to see how I categorised the issues so I could create a summary view and I found the motion that was the basis for my previous submission on policy. This text has been recovered from a Labour Party motion carried at the Lewisham Deptford GC at their April ’14 meeting. I used it as the basis for a submission to the LP’s New Britain site which they have, of course shit canned; it was their policy development site. I think the motion stands the test of time. 

This CLP notes the absence of specific pledges or policy with respect to the internet and the growing consumerisation of the internet.

There are no promises as to the government programmes nor for citizen participation.

This CLP believes that the wepromise.eu charter is a basic set of rights to build a citizen’s internet.

We believe the programme should commit:

  1. To strengthening the rights of citizens to obtain facts that allow them to participate in politics
  2. To strengthening people’s data protection and rights to privacy from both the state and corporate interests
  3. To support the right of people to connect to the internet, to oppose restriction of internet use as a criminal punishment or civil remedy
  4. To support an update of copyright law to encourage innovation and decriminalise cultural sharing, to increase consumer and transformative exceptions and introduce fair use rules
  5. To oppose general monitoring and blanket surveillance, to amend RIPA to restrict its use to serious crime and increase the accountability of the warrants
  6. To oppose the privatised enforcement without judicial authority, to remove private criminal prosecutions
  7. To oppose the export of surveillance and censorship technology to countries with authoritarian or repressive regimes
  8. To support a democratic and accountable internet government
  9. To support or mandate the use of Open Source Software

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