December 25, 2004

Global Voices

Joi Ito is linking to a "Global Voices Covenant" and asking people to do some translations.

I think this is interesting, so I did a quick draft for a German translation. Feel free to edit that draft (it is a Wiki).

The "Global Voices" also have a blog.

The "Covenant" says, among other things:

"Thanks to new tools, speech need no longer be controlled by those who own the means of publishing and distribution, or by governments that would restrict thought and communication."

I have some doubts about the "governments" part. Even before the Internet, governments did not "need" to restrict. Many of them just thought it a good idea anyway. And while the Internet means a revolutionary boost for freedom of speech by giving anyone the means to speak, that could change very quickly. Governments might feel that they want to restrict Internet freedom, even if they don't "need" to do so.

Posted by Karl-Friedrich Lenz at December 25, 2004 10:17 AM | TrackBack