My promise for digital rights in Europe

A common declaration by Julia and Gilles

I am running for European Parliament in the may 2014 election for the German Pirate Party. Today, I am giving a promise to all electors that I will defend their digital rights for as long as I will hold the mandate. I have signed the Charter of Digital Rights.

The Charter

I will oppose any measure that removes the power to make decisions on matters that affect European citizen’s fundamental rights from the judiciary or democratically-elected policy-makers, including, but not limited to, any of the above points.

1. I will promote transparency, access to documents and citizen participation

I will support proposals that will serve to maximise transparency and enable citizens to participate in legislative processes of the EU, through better access to documents (including consultations) in all European languages. I will support measures that promote the availability of government data to citizens as well as the usage of open formats and open standards in government.

2. I will support data protection and privacy legislation

I will support legislation that promotes and protects the fundamental right of citizens to privacy. This includes empowering us to proactively decide if and how our personal data are processed. I will support measures aiming at ensuring adequate levels of transparency and security of data processing.

3. I will defend unrestricted access to the Internet and online Services

I will support legislation that aims at removing any registration or any other restrictive requirements on the provision of Internet content or services. I will support legislative measures that ensure the protection of net neutrality, effective competition and liberalisation of radio spectrum.

4. I will promote an update of copyright legislation

I will advocate for freedom of communication and the right to participate in cultural life in the context of reform of copyright laws and access to knowledge. I will support initiatives to harmonise and mandate existing optional exceptions to copyright, in order to facilitate the (re)use of works for individuals. I will support reforms aimed at mandating copyright exceptions for public institutions and not-for-profit entities such as cultural, historical and educational institutions. I will support initiatives to ensure that publicly-funded works are made available in the public domain. I will not support legislation that expands the scope or duration of copyright or similar rights.

5. I will not support blanket, unchecked surveillance measures

I will not support any proposal for storage or surveillance of communications data that has not been subjected to credible, independent assessment for necessity and proportionality or that is not subject to regular review to ensure compliance with these criteria.

6. I will promote online anonymity and encryption

I will support legislative proposals to safeguard online anonymity and the right to use encryption. I will support measures to develop and promote, with legal obligations, where appropriate, the use of privacy-enhancing technologies.

7. I will not support privatised enforcement outside the rule of law

I will not support any measure or initiative that pre-empts judicial review of alleged online infringements by seeking to encourage, coerce or permit Internet service providers and other organisations to police or punish alleged online infringements except when the measures taken are imposed for a very short time, where the alleged infringement involves imminent danger to human beings and when the state in which the intermediary is based is required to take action to address the problem urgently.

8. I will support export controls of surveillance and censorship technology

I will not support the proliferation, by means of export credit or other state guarantees, of European-made surveillance and censorship technology to authoritarian countries that do not respect the rule of law. I will fight to uphold the privacy of journalists, activists and citizens around the world, by supporting legislation that prevents oppressive regimes from acquiring such technology and services from any entity in the European Union.

9. I will defend the principle of multistakeholderism

I will support free, open, bottom-up, and multi-stakeholder models of coordinating the Internet resources and standards – names, numbers, addresses etc. I will support measures which seek to ensure the capacity of representative civil society to participate in multi-stakeholder forums. I will oppose any attempts by corporate, governmental or intergovernmental agencies to take control of Internet governance.

10. I will promote Free software (Open source software)

I will support measures allowing or promoting widespread use of Free Software (Open Source Software). This includes government and public entities, in particular entities that receive funding from the EU budget.

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