A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

Posted on April 1, 2011

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A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace. I can’t believe i haven’t seen this before!

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

Thinking of the interwebs as an act of nature is a trip. My fav. part is “I address you with no greater authority than that with which liberty itself always speaks” beautiful sentance.  the whole document its beautifully and eloquently written.  The final punch:

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.


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