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  • thedarkcleft 8:31 am on January 5, 2010 Permalink |
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    A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace 

    A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

    Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I
    come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask
    you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have
    no sovereignty where we gather.

    We have no elected government, nor are we likely to have one, so I address
    you with no greater authority than that with which liberty itself always
    speaks. I declare the global social space we are building to be naturally
    independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose on us. You have no moral
    right to rule us nor do you possess any methods of enforcement we have true
    reason to fear.

    Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. You
    have neither solicited nor received ours. We did not invite you. You do not
    know us, nor do you know our world. Cyberspace does not lie within your
    borders. Do not think that you can build it, as though it were a public
    construction project. You cannot. It is an act of nature and it grows
    itself through our collective actions.

    You have not engaged in our great and gathering conversation, nor did you
    create the wealth of our marketplaces. You do not know our culture, our
    ethics, or the unwritten codes that already provide our society more order
    than could be obtained by any of your impositions.

    You claim there are problems among us that you need to solve. You use this
    claim as an excuse to invade our precincts. Many of these problems don’t
    exist. Where there are real conflicts, where there are wrongs, we will
    identify them and address them by our means. We are forming our own Social
    Contract . This governance will arise according to the conditions of our
    world, not yours. Our world is different.

    Cyberspace consists of transactions, relationships, and thought itself,
    arrayed like a standing wave in the web of our communications. Ours is a
    world that is both everywhere and nowhere, but it is not where bodies live.

    We are creating a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice
    accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth.

    We are creating a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her
    beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence
    or conformity.

    Your legal concepts of property, expression, identity, movement, and
    context do not apply to us. They are based on matter, There is no matter

    Our identities have no bodies, so, unlike you, we cannot obtain order by
    physical coercion. We believe that from ethics, enlightened self-interest,
    and the commonweal, our governance will emerge . Our identities may be
    distributed across many of your jurisdictions. The only law that all our
    constituent cultures would generally recognize is the Golden Rule. We hope
    we will be able to build our particular solutions on that basis. But we
    cannot accept the solutions you are attempting to impose.

    In the United States, you have today created a law, the Telecommunications
    Reform Act, which repudiates your own Constitution and insults the dreams
    of Jefferson, Washington, Mill, Madison, DeToqueville, and Brandeis. These
    dreams must now be born anew in us.

    You are terrified of your own children, since they are natives in a world
    where you will always be immigrants. Because you fear them, you entrust
    your bureaucracies with the parental responsibilities you are too cowardly
    to confront yourselves. In our world, all the sentiments and expressions of
    humanity, from the debasing to the angelic, are parts of a seamless whole,
    the global conversation of bits. We cannot separate the air that chokes
    from the air upon which wings beat.

    In China, Germany, France, Russia, Singapore, Italy and the United States,
    you are trying to ward off the virus of liberty by erecting guard posts at
    the frontiers of Cyberspace. These may keep out the contagion for a small
    time, but they will not work in a world that will soon be blanketed in
    bit-bearing media.

    Your increasingly obsolete information industries would perpetuate
    themselves by proposing laws, in America and elsewhere, that claim to own
    speech itself throughout the world. These laws would declare ideas to be
    another industrial product, no more noble than pig iron. In our world,
    whatever the human mind may create can be reproduced and distributed
    infinitely at no cost. The global conveyance of thought no longer requires
    your factories to accomplish.

    These increasingly hostile and colonial measures place us in the same
    position as those previous lovers of freedom and self-determination who had
    to reject the authorities of distant, uninformed powers. We must declare
    our virtual selves immune to your sovereignty, even as we continue to
    consent to your rule over our bodies. We will spread ourselves across the
    Planet so that no one can arrest our thoughts.

    We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more
    humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.

    Davos, Switzerland
    February 8, 1996

    Thanks Chris

    • deadindenver 4:10 am on January 12, 2010 Permalink

      always a pleasure to read 🙂

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