The Declaration of an Independent Internet
Drafted July 4, 1995 to Guide Us to a Safe Internet without Censorship

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all lawful information is created equal, that this information is endowed by its creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these is the right to be distributed via the Internet without governmental censorship.  That whenever any legislation becomes destructive of these ends, it is the duty of the members of the Internet to oppose it, and to institute self-regulation with parental control, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect the safety of children and the sanctity of distribution.

    Prudence, indeed, will dictate that regulations long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to accept censorship where none is required, than to right things by opposing such censorship.   But when an unnecessary attempt at censorship, pursuing centralized control, evinces a design to place information under absolute Despotism, it is the right of the members of the Internet, it is their duty, to oppose such legislation, and to promote self-regulation with parental control.

    We therefore, Parents and Representatives of the Online World, in cooperation, appealing to concerned parents everywhere for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the authority of the Internet Community, solemnly publish and declare, that this Internet represents all cultures, and of Right ought to be self-regulated with parental control and free from govermental censorship.   And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, We mutually pledge to each other and to our children, our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

THE SIGNERS:

John Hart		Founder of Americans for Honesty in Government
			Direct descendent John Hart of N.J. who signed  
			the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

David Smilay		President of Founders of Freedom

Nancy Batchelder	Sec. of Founders of Freedom

William H. Moore, Jr  	Esq.

C. Jerry Kutner   	Esq.

David Boruff		President of Musenet, Online Organization

Arnold Rosenthal	School Teacher

Tom Rincker		President of Telegence, Online company

Jimmy George		Producer-Songwriter, President of J.G. Productions

Dr. George Schuchard   	DDS.

Raymond Hart		Online Entertainer

John Russell		Businessman, Owner of Russell Automotive
Jo Ann Russell		Online Mother

Frank Jaramillo		Businessman
Sharon Jaramillo	Online Mother

Barbara Teuscher	Property Manager

Carlo Panno		Research Expert

Donald J. Paul		Certified Public Accountant

Marc Kanter 		Solid Oak Software, Makers of CYBERsitter

Ray Soular		Founder, SafeSurf

Wendy Simpson		President, SafeSurf

Eric T. Benoit		Partner, Benoit Internet Services Co.

Scott R. Chene   	Co-Owner of Advanced Business Innovations

Jeff McCormick  	Co-Owner of Advanced Business Innovations

Dr. Michael Baker 	Electronic Frontiers, Australia


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